Biography of Dr. James K. Denman
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


The Denman family, of which this prosperous physician is an honored representative, has resided in Ohio for a number of years, numbering among its members men who have risen to positions of honor and responsibility, and has been closely associated with the interests and welfare of the public.

The late Hon. Elisha G. Denman, born in Knox county, Ohio, in 1821, removed to Williams county in 1851, then in the prime of manhood and there continued to reside till his death, which occurred at West Unity, in March, 1877. In early life he married Miss Almira H. Morrison, a native of Richland county, Ohio, where she was born in 1820, and at the time of their removal to West Unity, Williams county, Mr. and Mrs. Denman were the parents of three sons, the youngest of whom, James K., was an infant four months old. Three sons added to the number in their new home completed the family circle. The father was a farmer by occupation, but being a public spirited and influential citizen, was twice chosen county treasurer, the duties incumbent upon which office he faithfully discharged, and he was twice honored with an election to the State Legislature, where, likewise, he served to the satisfaction of his constituents. Mrs. Denman was spared to the family many years after the death of her husband. She departed this life at West Unity, in December, 1896.

James K. Denman was born June 30, 1895, in Batemantown, Knox county, Ohio, but becoming a part of the new home at West Unity in his infancy, it became to him as a birthplace, and there all the tender memories and associations of his childhood and early youth center. The foundations of his education were laid in the common and high schools of West Unity, and he subsequently attended the Bryan Normal School. He then entered the employ of Long Bros., druggists at Bryan, where he remained three years; but his tastes inclining to the medical profession, he again became a student, attending Wooster University, Cleveland, one term, and on leaving that institution completed a course in the Columbus Medical College, graduating and receiving his degree there, February 29, 1876. The year 1876 was further signalized by his location at The Bend, Delaware township, and the beginning of his medical practice here in partnership with Doctor W. W. Moats, this event occurring on the 5th of September. After an associate practice of one year, the partnership was dissolved, Doctor Denman continuing in practice here alone, however, the next two years, when he took up the drug business in Sherwood, and carried it on two years. At the expiration of that time he resumed his professional life at The Bend as a general practitioner. In the winter of 1895 he attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Cleveland, bringing to his professional work here the benefits of this attention to modern advances in medical science and skill. The Doctor took his first post graduate degree at the Columbus Medical College in 1882, and his second one at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Cleveland in 1896.

In June, 1877, at The Bend, Miss Elizabeth Speaker, a daughter of the late Charles Speaker, of Delaware township, became his bride. She is a native of the town, born in 1851. The home of Doctor and Mrs. Denman is located at The Bend, in Delaware township. The Doctor Downs a large farm of two hundred acres which he conducts in connection with his professional duties. They have two children: Charles G. and Emma.

The Doctor is a member of the Defiance County Medical Society, and the Northwestern Medical Society. He is medical examiner for the Union Central and New York Life Insurance Companies. Socially, he is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias; politically, he is a Democrat. He is actively interested in whatever pertains to the welfare and advancement of the community, and his fellow townsmen have manifested their regard for him by entrusting him with the office of treasurer of the township for a period of seven years.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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