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J. William Jesse, M. D.

Since 1892 Dr. J. William Jesse has practiced medicine and surgery in Santa Rosa, without interruption and with such success as to place him among the foremost physicians in this part of the state. Born in Mexico, Audrain county, Mo., in 1857, he comes of old pioneer stock, the family having located in Virginia long before the Revolutionary war, and the great-grandfather on the paternal side served as a =scout during this crisis in the affairs of the colonists. The grandfather, William, was born and reared in Virginia, where he became a Baptist minister and combined that calling with farming during the greater part of his life. Receiving the greater part of his education in the public and private schools of Mexico, Mo., Dr. Jesse qualified as a teacher and taught in the public schools of Walla Walls, Wash., removing at the age of twenty to the Sacramento valley, where he engaged in educational work for seven years. In 1883 he became a student in the medical department of the University of New York, in New York city, and graduated in 1886, when he engaged in the practice of his chosen profession in Placer and Sonoma counties, Cal., and later removed to Modoc county, where he remained until 1892. Since that time Dr. Jesse has practiced his profession in Santa Rosa and has won for himself an enviable reputation as a physician and surgeon, his thorough understanding of the principles of his profession, especially as a surgeon, bringing him an extensive practice.

Being active in political affairs, a member of the Democratic party, Dr. Jesse was elected mayor of the town in 1898 but declined to become a candidate for more political preferment, his professional duties requir9ng all of his time. Fraternally he is associated with Santa Rosa Lodge No. 57, F. & Am. M., and with the Order of Elks. He is surgeon for the Southern Pacific Railroad; and for the North-Western Pacific Railroad of California. He is proprietor and manager of the Mary Jesse Hospital in Santa Rosa.

In 1881 Dr. Jesse married Mary Higgins, a native of St. Louis, Mo., and one daughter, Marie, is the only child of this union. She is now Mrs. Bryant Necker of San Francisco. The doctor has a host of friends in Santa Rosa, having an optimistic and cheerful disposition, which, aside from the respect which his scientific skill commands, endears him to all.

History of Sonoma County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011