T. ELIOT TATE, M.D., a leading physician of Irondale, was born May 14, 1849 at Greenwood, Ontario county, Ontario. He is of Irish descent, his grandfather, Thomas Tate, having spent his entire life in Ireland. John Tate, son of the latter, was born in county Antrim, in 1816 and came to America in 1844, settling in Ontario, where he was engaged as a miller. He is now engaged in farming in Monroe county, iowa. He married a daughter of Francis Mahon, who was a son of Francis Mahon, a commissioned officer in the British army who took part in the suppression of the Irish rebellion. This lady was born in county Antrim in 1816. Dr. Tate received his early education in his native country. At the age of thirteen the family removed to the United States. They engaged in farming in Kansas, where he assisted his father until 1870 when he entered Lane university, where he completed the scientific course in 1873. Then he spent one year in the State Normal school at Emporia, Kas., after which he taught one year in that state. Removing to Iowa, he was principal of the Lavilla and Hamilton public schools for three years. In 1877, he began the study of medicine and took a course in the Keokuk medical college in 1880. Subsequently he practiced medicine for three years, and at the end of that time entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Des Moines, where he was graduated in 1884. He practiced his profession one year in the city of Ottumwa, Iowa, and then came to Irondale, where he is meeting with success and rapidly enlarging his practice. In 1874, he was married to Dessie, daughter of Isaac Robinson, and they have three children, Francis E., Mabel and Ethel. Mr. and Mrs. Tate are members of the Congregational church. He is a member of the Masonic order, the I. O. O. F., and the Knights of Pythias.
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