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Dr. William E. Mattingly

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Dr. William E. Mattingly

Among the first comers to what is now Marion County, Kentucky, was Leonard Mattingly, who came from Maryland.  Basil Mattingly, son of Leonard and grandfather of Dr. William E., was reared to manhood in Kentucky, married Polly Hagen and reared a large family, from whom sprang many of the leading families of the county.  Of their eight children but two are now living, viz.:  Edward H. and Mrs. Mary Jane Spalding.  Edward H., who is one of the most highly esteemed citizens of Marion county, was born here in 1818 and married Miss Alethia Spalding, daughter of Thomas and Susan (Abell) Spalding.  The subject of this sketch is the eldest of their family of eight children.  He was reared in Marion County and chiefly educated at the St. Mary’s college, in which institution he was afterward employed as a teacher.  He began the study of medicine at the age of twenty-three, performing the usual preparatory reading with Drs. Cleaver and McElroy.  In 1867 he entered the medical department of the Louisville University, from which he graduated in 1869.  He then located in Lebanon, Kentucky, and has built up a desirable practice, and surrounded himself with a host of friends.  He is a member of the Beech Fork District Medical Association and of the Catholic Church.

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