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Free Genealogy Biography of George Newcomer,
Pennsylvania Volunteer of the Civil War

George W. Newcomer

George W., seventh child and fourth son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Hershey) Newcomer, was born on the homestead erected by his grandfather in Tyrone township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, May 28, 1845. He remained on the farm until he was thirteen and a half years of age, attending the public school in the winter months and helping with the farm labors in summer. He then left the farm and became a clerk in the general store owned and operated by his uncles, John and Joseph Newcomer, at Connellsville, Pennsylvania. Here he remained until he was seventeen years of age, attending school in the winters. He then entered Pleasant Valley Academy in Washington county where for two years he pursued a classical course.

At the age of nineteen he decided upon a profession and began the study of medicine with Dr. John R. Nickel, of Connellsville, an eminent physician and a former professor of anatomy and surgery in the Physio-Medical Institute of Cincinnati, Ohio. He continued under the preceptorship of Dr. Nickel the required length of time, then entered the Physio-Medical Institute at Cincinnati, from whence he was graduated M.D., February 7, 1867. He returned to Connellsville where he at once began the practice of his profession, continuing five years, when he located at Mount Vernon, Ohio, taking over the practice of Dr. James Loar, who was moving further west. He continued in practice in Mount Vernon until 1874 when he returned to Connellsville at the urgent request of his old preceptor, Dr. Nickel, then very ill and who in a few weeks died. Dr. Newcomer at once began practice and has continued uninterruptedly in Connellsville until the present date, 1912, over thirty-six years. He has been a successful practitioner, is skilled in his art and possesses the confidence and respect of his community. So far as is possible he is confining himself to an office practice, which with the care of his other business interests keeps him fully employed.

He served during the civil war as an enlisted soldier of Company B, Fifty-fourth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 54th Regiment, organized at the time of Lee's invasion of Pennsylvania. He went with his regiment in pursuit of "Morgan's Raiders" when they made their dash through Ohio, cutting off that daring commander at Salinesville, Ohio.

He is a member of the State and County Medical societies, and belongs to Lodge, Chapter and Commandery of the Masonic order. He is a member of the Christian church, and in political faith a Republican. Dr. Newcomer has always been public spirited and progressive, aiding to the full extent of his ability the development and improvement of his city. He was one of the original stockholders of the First National Bank, and many other enterprises have felt the force of his energy. He is unmarried.

Source: Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, John W. Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912.

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