WILLIAM M. HATHAWAY, physician, Olmsted, is a native of Peterboro, Madison Co., N. Y. He is a son of Peter Hathaway, born 1790, in Morristown, N. J.; he died 1856, in Waterloo, N. Y. He was a glass cutter by occupation. The mother of our subject was Elizabeth Stevens, born in 1796, in Wales; she died in 1868, in Pulaski County. Her father was Stephen Stevens, a mason by trade. She was the mother of nine children. Our subject was born July 24, 1824; he received a common school education in Oneida County, N. Y. After taking an academic course, he prepared for college at Geneva, N. Y., and then attended the Geneva College, after which he attended medical lectures at Ann Arbor, Mich., where he graduated m 1870, having, previous to that, practiced medicine for thirteen years, having taken his first course in 1855. After graduating, he returned to Caledonia, where he had first settled in 1857. He has followed his noble profession most of the time till the present day. He was elected County Superintendent of Schools in 1863, serving two years. Ten years after that, he was elected for a term of four years. In 1878, he removed to Chicago, where he practiced his profession for two years, returning to Caledonia in 1881. Our subject was married in the spring of 1856, at Auburn, N. Y., to Myra Johnson, born July 19, 1832, in Enfield, N. H., daughter of James and Eliza (Goodhue) Johnson, both natives of New Hampshire. Mrs. Hathaway is the mother of four children now living — George W., born October 13, 1859; Frank B., born February 17, 1863; Jessie E., born February 7, 1866, and Julian C., born May 30, 1868. Mr. Hathaway is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Caledonia Lodge, No. 47. In politics, he has been identified with the Republican party.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 316.