DR. W. A. MUDD, whose careful and conscientious preparation for the practice of medicine has enabled him to perform most valuable service in behalf of his fellow men in Athens. He was born near Greensburg, Green County, Kentucky, January 19, 1847, and is a son of Dr. Henry L. and Arabella Simpson (Cass) Mudd, who were also natives of Kentucky, the former born in Lebanon, February 11, 1809, and the latter in Winchester, Clark county, Kentucky, on the 7th of April, 1816. The father was a graduate of Transylvania University of Lexington, Kentucky, with the class of 1832, and was a classmate of Professor L. P. Yandell, Sr. Following the completion of his course of study he practiced medicine in Kentucky for many years, but at length retired from active connection with his profession in Louisville in 1870. His death occurred in the state of his nativity, July 30, 1880, and his wife passed away at the home of her son, Dr. Mudd, in Athens, Illinois, March 4, 1889. Dr. Henry Mudd was a schoolmate and cousin of Abraham Lincoln and the strong friendship which sprang up between them in their boyhood days continued throughout their after life. During the period of the Civil war President Lincoln offered to Dr. Mudd anything that he desired, but the latter's reply was that all he wished was to be left at home and his property protected, and this was done.
Dr. W. A. Mudd acquired his early education in private schools in Lebanon, Kentucky, afterward attended the Fales Seminary of that city in 1862, and in 1862 and 1863 was in Gethsemane, Kentucky, where he was located at the time Bragg's army marched through. In 1865-6 he was at St. Mary's and he afterward attended the high school at Louisville, Kentucky, and the Hollingsworth & Johnston Commercial College, pursuing his studies there in the nigh sessions. During the daytime he attended lectures in the university at Louisville and was graduated in medicine on the 1st of March, 1870. He afterward received practical training in the City Hospital, having been elected interne in 1869. He was married on the 21st of September, 1870, to Miss Mary Virginia Merrell, a native of Lexington, Kentucky, and she passed with him through all the vicissitudes which usually attend a young physician. They located at New Haven, Kentucky, where he was engaged in practice until August, 1872, when they came to Illinois, establishing their home at Buffalo Hart, Sangamon county.
On the 30th of March, 1875, Dr. Mudd removed from that place to Woodstock, McHenry county, where he resided until 1877, when he went to Greenview, Menard county, locating there on the 7th of November. He continued a member of the medical profession of that city until the 2d of April, 1883, when he came to Athens, where he has now been located for twenty-one years and throughout this period has maintained an enviable position in the foremost ranks of the representatives of the medical fraternity in Menard county. He is a member of the County Medical Society, the State Medical Society and the American Medical Association and has been the president of the second named. Through the interchange of thought and experience in the conventions of these organizations he has added largely to his knowledge and reading and investigation have also promoted his efficiency so that he has kept in touch with modern thought concerning medical practice.
In 1884 Dr. Mudd was called upon to mourn the loss of his first wife, who died on the 13th of August that year, at the age of thirty-two, leaving one son, William W., who was born in Buffalo Hart, Illinois, April 9, 1874. On the 7th of May, 1891, Dr. Mudd was again married, his second union being with Mary A. Daily, of Kentucky, born November 28, 1866. Their children are Lawrence A., who died July 21, 1895, at the age of eleven months; Carrie V., who was born November 7, 1895, and died February 19, 1896; Zepha Eloise, born April 19, 1897; Opha Josephine, born June 29, 1900; and Henry Leo, born Jun3 6, 1903. The parents are members of the church of the Holy Family at Athens. For many years the Doctor labored hard to secure a Catholic church at this place and contributed liberally to the erection of the house of worship. He has served as treasurer and trustee of the church since May, 1903. In politics he is a Democrat, but has always refused public office, though he consented to serve as alderman for several years. While interested in public affairs and co-operating in so far as possible in support of movements for the general good, Dr. Mudd finds that the greater part of his time and attention is claimed by his practice, which is of an extensive and important character and his work in behalf of his fellow men has made his services in the world of great value.