WILLIAM A. McNOWN, physician and druggist, Louisville, was born in Brown County, Ohio, November 1, 1852, and is a son of Robert J. McNown, of Dexter, Iowa, also a native of Brown County. Ohio. Our subject was brought up on the farm and received a common school education. He taught school for two years, when he began the study of medicine, graduating with high honors from the American Medical College at St. Louis in 1879, and at once began the practice of his chosen profession in Louisville, he already, in 1877, having established a drug store here. The Doctor is a straightforward, energetic man, and has built up a large practice. His drug trade in also very good, his time being about equally divided between that business and his practice. He was married, April 11, 1880, to Miss Mattie E. Mahaney, daughter of Stephen Mahaney, of this place. Mr. McNown has held the office of School Director for the town of Louisville since 1878, and was Supervisor for this township in 1882.
Transcribed by Laurel White from 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, page 153.