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    HORACE COLEMAN, M.D., whose years of successful professional life at Troy gave him a place of prominence in medical circles in Miami County, but who is now a resident of Washington D.C., was born December 27, 1824, at Troy, Miami County, Ohio, and was a son of Dr. Asa Coleman, a leading physician in his day. He enjoyed superior educational advantages and completed, his literary studies at Gambier, Ohio. Partaking of his father' scientific tastes, he turned his attention to the study of medicine and under his father's supervision completed his preparatory reading, then entering the Medical College of 0hio, where he was graduated in 1849. In the early part of 1850 he opened up a practice at Logansport, Indiana, where he remained until October 1861. He then entered the Federal army as surgeon of the Forty-sixth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, in which he served for nearly three years. In May 1864, he became surgeon of the One Hundred Forty- seventh Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and so continued until the close of the war. His experiences during this period served but to better qualify him for the practice of his profession, and after his return to Troy he easily became the leading physician and surgeon of his native city.

    Aside from his professional life, Dr. Coleman was intimately connected with the public affairs of city, county, and State. After his return to Troy he was appointed assessor of internal revenue for the Fourth District of Ohio, and was retained in off ice until the revenue system was reorganized. He was connected with a number of local organizations, including charitable and benevolent bodies, and served on numerous civic boards. He was a public spirited member of the City Council and was president of the Board of Education. His business connections included membership on the board of directors of the First National Bank of Troy. A steadfast Republican in his political views, he was always in the confidence of the party leaders, and frequently served on important committees, and in 1868,he was sent as a delegate to the Republican convention, held at Chicago, Ill., which nominated Ulysses S. Grant and Schuyler S. Colfax for president and vice-president of the United States. For himself he claimed no political office, but he was notably loyal to his friends. He was prominently identified with the Masonic fraternity.

    Dr. Coleman was married on November 9, 1847 to Mary L. Aldrich, of New England ancestry, and to this marriage were born seven children, the youngest of whom, Warren Coleman, maintains the professional name and standing of both his father and grandfather. Dr. Warren Coleman is the senior member of the prominent medical firm of Coleman & Shilling, whose offices are located at No. 201 West Water Street, Troy, Ohio.

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