Davis L. Spaulding, M.D., an eminent physician and surgeon of Macoupin County, Illinois, and a leading practitioner of Virden, is also a most highly valued citizen. He was born in Vermont, November 14, 1834, and is one of a family of three children born to his parents, Hiram and Elizabeth (Hawkins) Spaulding, farming people in Vermont.
Dr. Spaulding attended the local schools and Fort Edward University (New York) and entered upon the study of medicine in early manhood, completing his medical course at the University of Nashville, Tennessee, where he received his degree in 1864. In 1856 he became a resident of Virden. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted for service, entering the 19th Regiment, Illinois Vol. Inf., as a private. Soon after he was appointed surgeon and was with the 4th Regiment, Ohio Vol. Cav., about nine months, when he was assigned to hospital work, in which he served about two years. He helped to organize the first military hospital at Camp Yates, Springfield, and served there during the three months.
After the close of the war, Dr. Spaulding returned to Virden and has made this pleasant little city his home ever since. He commands a large practice and has built up a most gratifying practice that extends over the county, having devoted many years of his life to the earnest practice of his profession.
Dr. Spaulding married Louisa Freeman, who is a daughter of a substantial farmer of North Otter township, Macoupin County, and the three children born to them are: Lauretta E., who is the wife of J. Hall, a merchant of Kansas; Charles H.; and Clarence Edgar, who is an employee of Marshall Field & Company, Chicago. Charles H. Spaulding is also a prominent member of the medical fraternity, a graduate of Rush Medical College of Chicago, and is now chief physician at Johannesburg, South Africa, for a large gold mining company.
In politics Dr. Spaulding is a Republican but is not enough of a politician to consent to accept political preferment. He belongs to the various medical associations and is held in the highest regard by the public and by his brother practitioners. Dr. and Mrs. Spaulding have a pleasant home in Virden and enjoy social life. They are valued members of the Christian Church.