CRESSWELL, DR. JOHN, was born in Indiana
county, Pa., November 8, 1830. He taught in the public schools of his
native county about six years. While engaged in teaching he educated
himself by attending school during the summer vacations; one term being
spent in Indiana Academy, and the remainder of his academic course was
acquired in Jacksonville Academy, same county. In 1852 he commenced the
study of medicine, completing his course in the medical college in
Cleveland, O., in 1855-56. He then came directly to New Bethlehem, Clarion
county, Pa., where he has ever since resided, and been continually engaged
in the practice of medicine.
December 24, 1856, Dr. Cresswell wedded Eliza Ellen
Wilkinson, of West Lebanon, Indiana county, Pa. She bore him one child,
John Ackley, who died in 1880, at the age of twenty-three. Two weeks later
the wife and mother also found rest from the cares of this world. On
February 7, 1882, he married Lallia M. Boyd, by whom he has a son, Austin
B., born July 17, 1883.
As a physician, Dr. Cresswell has been quite skillful
and successful, and has always had the confidence of his patrons. He is a
man of liberal views and excellent judgment; and his cool and deliberate
manner of expressing himself always gives weight to what he says, and
leaves no doubt about what he intended to convey.
He has been connected with the Presbyterian Church
since 1852, part of the time having served as elder.
History of Clarion Co., Pennsylvania: with
illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and
pioneers, Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & Co., 1887, page
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