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La Porte in LaPorte County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

La Porte University / Indiana Medical College

 
 
La Porte University Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lou Donkle, July 27, 2022
1. La Porte University Marker
Inscription.  
La Porte University. La Porte University was established in the early 1840s to include law, literary, and medical departments. The medical department, later Indiana Medical College, began classes by 1842. Its distinguished faculty attracted students from across the U.S. Notable attendees included Dr. William W. Mayo, whose practice evolved into the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. William H. Wishard.

Indiana Medical College. Before the university's founding, Indiana offered few opportunities for professional medical training. The medical college trained skilled doctors in the Midwest, preparing them for the region's medical needs in surgery, anatomy, theory, and obstetrics. Classes ceased circa 1850; it consolidated with Indiana Central Medical College (1849-1852) in Indianapolis, 1851.
 
Erected 2018 by Indiana Historical Bureau and the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte. (Marker Number 46.2018.1.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationScience & Medicine
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. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1942.
 
Location. 41° 36.602′ N, 86° 43.039′ W. Marker is in La Porte, Indiana, in LaPorte County. Marker is at the intersection of Harrison Street and Clay Street, on the right when traveling east on Harrison Street. The marker is at the northeast corner of Lincoln Elementary School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 402 Harrison St, La Porte IN 46350, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Long Live La Porte (approx. 0.2 miles away); LaPorte's Carnegie Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Etropal Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); LaPorte County Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); American Revolutionary Bicentennial (approx. ¼ mile away); World War Memorial Tree LaPorte County (Indiana) (approx. ¼ mile away); The Rumely Companies (approx. 0.3 miles away); Meinrad Rumely (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Porte.
 
Also see . . .  La Porte University / Indiana Medical College. Website of State of Indiana Historical Bureau.
Wishard became a pioneer medical doctor and Civil War surgeon and the family name continues to occupy a prominent place within the medical
Indiana Medical College Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lou Donkle, July 27, 2022
2. Indiana Medical College Marker
field in Indianapolis. His son, William Niles Wishard, Sr., followed in his father’s footsteps and also pursued a long career in medicine. William Niles Wishard helped lead and expand City Hospital in Indianapolis in the 1880s, updating hospital procedures and improving the building. City Hospital first opened in 1859 and served as a Civil War military hospital. The younger Wishard was instrumental in its growth in the late nineteenth century. In 1975, the hospital was renamed Wishard Memorial Hospital. Today, the hospital is Eskenazi Health.
(Submitted on July 29, 2022, by Lou Donkle of Valparaiso, Indiana.) 
 
Additional commentary.
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My 3rd great grandfather, Dr. George W Lee (1819-1889), graduated from La Porte Medical College with an M.D. Feb 1848. He was Demonstrator of Anatomy at La Porte 1848-1850. Lee came to La Porte from Cortlandville, NY, as did his colleague Tompkins Higday (whom Lee named one of his children after). Both followed Dr. Azariah B Shipman, also of Cortlandville, to LaPorte.

Lee was born on a plantation in Fairfax County, VA, one of the storied Virginia Lees. Raised in the "Burned Over District" of upstate NY, a confirmed opponent of slavery, he was a founder and first candidate in 1854 of the Wisconsin
Marker located in front of the current school building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lou Donkle, July 27, 2022
3. Marker located in front of the current school building
Republican Party.
    — Submitted January 22, 2024, by Bill Breihan of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
 
Front of current school building with marker in the background image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lou Donkle, July 27, 2022
4. Front of current school building with marker in the background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2024. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2022, by Lou Donkle of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 178 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 28, 2022, by Lou Donkle of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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