Prominent among the professional men of Clinton county, Illinois, is George Young Hord, M. D., a pioneer resident of the city of Keyesport and a physician who during the thirty years that he has been engaged in practice here has won the respect and esteem of the people of the community and an enviable reputation in the ranks of his profession. Dr. Hord was born January 17, 1849, in Metcalfe county, Kentucky, and is a son of Thomas H. and Elizabeth (Young) Hord.

Dr. Thomas H. Hord was born March 27, 1819, in the State of Virginia, and as a young man moved to Kentucky, where he received his medical training in the College of Medicine, Louisville. In 1845 he began to practice medicine, and some time later removed to Texas, but eventually returned to Kentucky after a few years spent in the mercantile and land business, and in 1867 came to Illinois and located near Keyes-port, where he followed his profession up to the time of his death in 1883. He was married in Kentucky in 1846 to Miss Elizabeth Young, daughter of George Young, a farmer, and she bore him four children, of whom three are now living: Catherine, George Young and James K. Mrs. Hord died, and about the time of the outbreak of the Civil war, Dr. Hord was married (second) to Elizabeth Sandifer, also a native of Kentucky, and three children were born to this union. His widow survived him several years. Prior to the war Dr. Hord was a Whig in politics and was well known in the political field and a prominent man in his profession.

George Young Hord spent his early life in Metcalfe county, Kentucky, receiving his early education in the public schools and later attending Transylvania University, at Lexington, the Belleville Medical College, New York, and the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati, from which latter institution he received the degree of M. D. in 1877. After practicing his profession in his native state for five years Dr. Hord came to Keyesport, where he has since carried on a large and lucrative practice. A great reader, deep thinker and earnest student, Dr. Hord is one of the best-informed men of his locality today, not only in matters pertaining to his profession, but on various topics of the times. He has also of later years given a great deal of attention to farming, and owns a well-cultivated farm near Keyesport, on which he spends a great deal of his time. Politically he is a Democrat, but he has never cared to engage in public life, as his profession has demanded the greater part of his activities. He holds membership in the Modern Woodmen of America, in which he is very popular, and is also connected with the state, county and national medical associations.

While in Kentucky Dr. lord was united in marriage with Miss Betty Stephenson, and seven children have been born to this union: Harley Thomas, a well-known educator, who is now serving as principal of the Keyesport schools; Eunice Frances, who became the wife of Charles Austin, of Salem, Illinois; Mary, who is clerk in the Bank of Keyesport; and Lena Grace, George Stephenson, Flora and Helen, all of whom live with their parents and are attending school.

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