History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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DR. WILLIAM SMITH JANNEY, of 1535 North Broad street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (second son of William and Rebecca (SMITH) JANNEY, was born in Lower Makefield township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, August 12, 1833. He acquired his elementary education at the public schools, Newtown Academy, Bellevue Academy at Langhorne, and finished as a private pupil of Joseph Fell of Buckingham. At the age of seventeen years he taught school at Brownsburg, Upper Makefield township, and later at Lumberville, in Solebury, at the same time taking up the study of medicine. He attended lectures at the Pennsylvania Medical College at Philadelphia in the winters of 1852 and 1853, and graduated in March, 1854. He practiced medicine at Tullytown, Bucks county, for two years, and in April, 1856, removed to Leavenworth, Kansas, just in time to become involved in the noted "Border War." Returning to Bucks county in the fall of the same year, he located in Woodsville, Mercer county, New Jersey, where he remained until 1870. In the meantime, however, (in 1862, he enlisted in the army as assistant surgeon of the Twenty-first New Jersey Volunteers, and was promoted to surgeon of the Twenty-second Regiment. His regiment during its ten months service took part in the battles of Chancellorsville, and Fredericksburg, and the doctor had ample opportunity for the use of his skills as a surgeon. Returning to Woodsville, New Jersey he resumed his practice, which continued until 1870, when he removed to a plantation in Caroline county, Virginia, where he remained until 1874, when resumed the practice of his profession at Eighth and Oxford streets, Philadelphia, removing in 1877 to his present location, where he has since practiced. In 1880 he was elected coroner of Philadelphia by 20,000 majority. He was for sixteen years surgeon of the Philadlphia Hospital, and for the last fourteen years has had charge of the hospital of Girard College, and stands deservedly high in his profession. He is a member of Post No. 2, G.A.R., and of the Loyal Legion, and in politics is a Republican. He married, in November, 1855, Sarah Ellen BEANS, born April 1835, daughter of Benjamin and Mary BEANS, of Lower Makefield, Bucks county, Pennsylvania. They have been the parents of four children, two of whom, a son and daughter, died in infancy; those who survive are: Marianna, born November 2, 1873; and William, born February 18, 1876, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, both residing with their father.

Text taken from page 60 of:

Davis, William W.H., A.M. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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