Zachariah Hickman, M. D., was born in Wilson County, Tenn., June 24, 1838, the son of Snowden and Frances (Newman) Hickman, natives, respectively, of North Carolina and Virginia. Our subject was raised in his native county, and gained his literary education at Cumberland University. He began the study of medicine when twenty years old, and graduated from the medical department of the University of Nashville (now Vanderbilt) in 1861. He came to Saline County, Ill., the same year and located at Raleigh, from which place he entered the One Hundred and Tenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry as assistant surgeon, serving six or seven months, when he resigned and began the practice of his profession at Raleigh. In the spring of 1865 he removed to Benton and has ever since been in practice with exceptional success. July 3, 1861, he married Julia C. Johnson, a native of Wisconsin. They have three sons and three daughters. Dr.
Hickman is a Democrat, a Master Mason and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. He is one of Benton's reliable citizens and a medical man of ability and high standing in Franklin County.