JAMES McMORRIS, physician and surgeon, of Belle Plaine, was born in Crawford County, Ohio, March 17, 1836, and is a son of Daniel and Ann (Torrence) McMorris. Dr. McMorris was educated at Oberlin College, Ohio. His means were limited, and he was consequently obliged to earn money with which to pay his collegiate expenses. He began the study of medicine at Goshen, Ind., pursuing his studies there for four years, at the end of which time he attended the lectures at the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor. He commenced practice at Goshen, and subsequently took a regular course at Rush Medical College, Chicago, where he received his degree of M. D.
Dr. McMorris was married at Goshen, Ind., on Christmas Day, 1867, to Miss Jane Hoops, born in Elkhart, Ind., and daughter of M. Hoops. The Doctor and his wife moved to Belle Plaine in February, 1869, where he has built up an extensive practice, and has won the reputation of being a skillful physician and surgeon. He began at the bottom of the ladder, without money or influence, but by his indomitable pluck and energy, supported by good natural ability, has won a front place in the ranks of his profession. He is a member of the Iowa Union Medical Society and of the Iowa State Medical Society. In politics he is an earnest Democrat, and has been a member of the Board of Education six years, and was President of the Board three years.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 290.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 10th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.