Smith D. Low, M. D., one of the leading medical practitioners of Pekin, Ill., was born at Albion, Edwards County, Ill., December 7, 1860, the son of Lyman W. and Mary Ann (Smith) Low, the former a native of Vermont, born in 1822, and the latter of Albion, Ill., born in 1832. The mother died in 1889, but the father still lives one of the honored citizens of Albion at the age of nearly eighty- three years. Dr. Low’s maternal grandfather was Moses Smith, who came from England at an early day and assisted in founding the now historic “English Settlement” in Edwards County in which Morris Birkbeck and George Flower were conspicuous leaders.
Dr. Low acquired his early education in the public and high schools of his native town, which he attended until eighteen years of age, when he entered the Eclectic Medical Institute at Cincinnati., Ohio, graduating therefrom in the spring of 1882. He also attended lectures at the Cincinnati Hospital delivered by professors from the Miami and Ohio Medical Colleges—both belonging to the allopathic school. After practicing some time with his father, who was a physician at Albion, Ill., Dr. Low went to New York City and, in the fall of 1883, entered the New York Homeopathic Medical College, from which he graduated in the spring of 1884. Then corning to Pekin, Ill., he practiced there until April. 1888, when he removed to Denver, Colo., where he continued in practice three and a half years, when, deciding to return east, he located in Chicago for a year and a half. In 1894 he again took up his residence in Pekin, where he has since remained devoting his time and talents to his profession. Here he has built up a successful practice, and enjoys the esteem and confidence of a large circle of patrons and friends. He is a member of the Christian Church and politically a supporter of the principles of the Republican party: has been a member of the City School Board six years, Health Officer two years, and, before coming to Pekin, in 1882, was elected Coroner of Edwards County. Fraternally he is identified with the Knights of Pythias, and the Modern Woodmen of America.
Dr. Low was married in September, 1885, to Miss Minnie Smith of Albion, Ill., who died in Denver, Colo., in 1889. His second marriage was with Miss Annie Boley, to whom he was united at Pekin, May 10, 1893. Mrs. Low was born in Pekin. Ill., the daughter of William A. and Annie (Taylor) Boley, and is prominently identified with Pekin social life.
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