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1898-1899

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Biography of a PA soldier, Louis McCormick

Dr. Louis Provance McCormick , youngest son of Joseph Trevor McCormick, was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, August 7, 1866. His early education was obtained in the public schools, after which he attended Mt. Pleasant Institute in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, later attending Bridgeton (New Jersey) Institute, whence he was graduated, class of 1886. He chose medicine as his profession and entered Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, whence he was graduated M. D., class of 1891.

He at once began practice, locating at Connellsville, where he is now located and well established as a skillful, popular practitioner.

At the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he was assistant surgeon of the Tenth Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard. He volunteered for service with his regiment, was Mustered In to the United States service at Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania, May 5, 1898, mustered out August 22, 1899, at San Francisco, California. He served with the Tenth in the Philippines, and was in the battle and taking of Manila by the land forces. He was assigned February 4, 1899, to the United States gunboat "Laguna de Bay," and during Aguinaldo's insurrection saw active service, particularly between February 4 and the following June, in twenty-six engagements. From August 6 to 14, 1898, he was in charge of the Manila ambulance service. From August 14, 1898, to the following February 5, 1899, he was on duty at the Reserve Hospital at Manila. In August, 1899, the regiment returned to the United States and was mustered out at San Francisco.

Dr. McCormick is still in service in the National Guard as surgeon, with the rank of major. After the war he returned to Connellsville and re-established his practice, having offices in the Second National Bank Building. He is on the surgical staff of the Cottage State Hospital at Connellsville, was president of the board of health for several years, and is a member of the Fayette county and Pennsons, Uniontown Commandery, Knights sylvania State medical societies, and the American medical association.

He is prominent in the Masonic order, belonging to King Solomon's Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Connellsville Chapter, Royal Arch MaTemplar; Uniontown Lodge of Perfection, and Pittsburgh Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, in which he has attained the thirty-second degree; and is a noble of Syria Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is commander of the local society of the Army of the Philippines, He is a Democrat, but extremely independent in political action.


Source: Fayette County, Pennsylvania, Genealogical and Personal History , John W. Jordan and James Hadden. Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County Pennsylvania, Volumes I-II. New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912.





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