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Albert I. Lawbaugh
(1844-1923)

Albert Isaac Lawbaugh was born in Warwick, Tuscarawas County, Ohio in September 1844, the son of Catharine Hammond and Henry Lawbaugh, a miller. By 1860 the family had moved to DeWitt, Carroll County, Missouri where Henry managed a hotel. Albert received his medical degree from the State University of New York in 1870, and opened a practice in Calumet, Michigan. He served as a physician for the Phoenix, St. Clair and Osceola mines, and was later head of the Tamarack mine hospital and served as President of the Michigan State Medical Society. He performed the first appendectomy using anesthesia in the Copper Country. Dr. Lawbaugh died of cancer on February 15, 1923, in Calumet, Michigan. His personal mineral collection, containing exceptional Michigan Copper Country specimens, was given to the Michigan College of Mining (now Michigan Technological University), along with its fine curved-glass china cabinet.

References:
WILSON, W.E., and DYL, S.J. II (1992) The Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton. Mineralogical Record, 23 (2), 73-76.
U.S. Federal census, 1850, 1860, 1900, 1910, 1920.
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