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McALISTER, JOHN B., M.D., was born in Carroll county, Md., January 31, 1864. He is a son of James and Jane (Barr) McAlister, natives of Carroll and Adams counties respectively. The father was a farmer and business man; he died in Carroll county, Md. He was an active member of the Piney Creek Presbyterian church, and an elder in the same. The mother is a resident of Gettysburg, Pa.


John B. McAlister is the only child of his parents. He removed to Gettysburg, Pa., in 1868 and received his education in Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, from which he was graduated in 1884. He took up the study of medicine with Dr. J. Bion Scott, of Gettysburg. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia and graduated in 1887. Dr. McAlister came directly to Harrisburg and from May, 1887, to May, 1888, served as resident physician in the City Hospital, after which he engaged in general practice. He has since been visiting physician of the medical department of the hospital. He is a member of the Dauphin County Medical Society, and has been its vice-president. He is a member of the State Medical Society and was delegate to the same in 1893; he was elected to represent the Dauphin County Medical Society in the National Medical Association in 1893.


Dr. McAlister is a member of Perseverance Lodge, No. 21, F. & A. M.; Chapter No. 21; Pilgrim Commandery; and of Harrisburg Consistory, 32°. He belongs also to the Knights of Malta, and the Junior Order of American Mechanics. He is a member of the Republican party. In 1889 and 1890 he was city physician. He is a stockholder in the Harrisburg Trust Company and in Harrisburg Electric Light Company. Dr. McAlister is not married. He is a member of Market Square Presbyterian church and of the Young Men’s Christian Association.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Mary Jo Erdwein ( for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project – Http://

Date of Transcription: 11 November 2000

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