Back Up


RUTHERFORD, WILLIAM WILSON, M. D., SON OF William Rutherford and his wife Sarah Swan, was born November 23, 1805, in Paxtang, now Swatara township, Dauphin county, Pa.; died March 13, 1873, at Harrisburg, Pa. He commenced the study of medicine with Dr. Whiteside, of Harrisburg, then a prominent physician, in 1830; and after the removal of Dr. Whiteside, continued under the instruction of Dr. Dean. He attended the lectures of Jefferson Medical College, 1830-32, graduating from that institution on March 7 the latter year. He located first at Mechanicaburg where he remained nearly a year, when, entering into partnership with his preceptor, Dr. Dean, he removed to Harrisburg, where for forty years he practiced his profession, winning for himself an honorable name not only at home but abroad. Dr. Rutherford had what few physicians possessed—a most perfect knowledge of diseases in general; and it mattered little what case, his diagnosis, when called in consultation, was final as it was accurate. An extensive practice of over forty years in every department of medicine and surgery gave him such a perfect knowledge of his profession that the loss of his advice and assistance in difficult cases was severely felt by his surviving brethren. For eight years prior to his death he had been the regular appointed surgeon to the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, although he served it some ten years previous when called upon. From the organization of the old Harrisburg Gas Company he was one of its directors, and, at his death, president of the company. In numerous other enterprises he took an active part, and was always one of Harrisburg’s public-spirited citizens. His life was an eventful one, and one fraught with many incidents of interest. In season and out of season, in life and in death, his good-natured face appeared upon the stage, gladly, even tearfully, welcome. Dr. Rutherford married Eleanor Crain, daughter of Col. Richard M. Crain.


Transcribed by Kathye Thornton,,

For The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –

28 Oct 2000

Copyright ã 2000 – All Rights Reserved: Use, duplication or reproduction for profit or presentation by any person or organization is strictly prohibited.

Page 363