JESSE T. HALL, M.D., of Wellsburg, a leading physician and surgeon, was born in Fayette county, Penn., October 27, 1845. He is a son of Joseph and Maria (Colvin) Hall, the former of whom is a native of West Virginia and the latter of Virginia. His father, who was a teacher in the public schools in early life, subsequently a local minister and afterward a farmer, was a prominent man in his county and favorably regarded. He died in 1875, at the age of sixty-seven. Of their eight children, the subject of this mention is the second born. Dr. Hall completed his literary education at Southwest Normal college, in Pennsylvania, and then in the pursuit of a professional training, attended the Ohio Medical college, at Cincinnati and Jefferson Medical college at Philadelphia and the Hahnemann Medical college at Chicago. He had begun his practice however in 1876 and has ever since that date been actively engaged in his profession with the exception of time devoted to attendance on lectures. The doctor's professional reputation is of a high order, and as a citizen he is progressive and enterprising; in all relations he enjoys the esteem of those with whom he is associated. He is a member of the Presbyterian church, in politics is a republican and is a member of the Masonic fraternity. Dr. Hall was married March 23, 1871, to Mary E., daughter of Louis and Dorcas E. (Reeves) Smith, of Greenfield, Penn. Her father, who died January 14, 1873, aged fifty-seven years, was prominent in his community held the office of justice many years and faithfully discharged a remarkable number of trusts as guardian of orphan children, and was an elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian church for thirty-one years. He served eighteen months as captain of COmpany I, Second West Virginia infantry, and while waiting at Catlett's Station for a train to Washington, intending to take a sick furlough, he was captured by the confederates and afterward confined at Libby several months his health thereby being completely broken. His wife, a devoted Christian lady died January 13, 1875, aged fifty-one. Mrs. Hall is the second of their six children. The doctor and wife have one son, Clyde Smith Hall, who is now a student at the Metropolitan college of Chicago.
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