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ICPR > State Archives > Collections > The History of the Regulation of Medical Practice in Indiana: 1850-1900 > Indiana Heritage Research Grant - Online Exhibit > Hoosier Doctors > Biography - George W. Champ Biography - George W. Champ

Information courtesy of the Lilly Library, Indiana University - Bloomington

Dr. George W. Champ was born February 6, 1830, in Botetourt County, Virginia. Following his marriage in 1853 to Elizabeth Ann Nation, he enrolled in the 106th regiment of the Indiana Minute Men in 1863.

In 1864, Dr. Champ was commissioned as first assistant surgeon in the 139th regiment of the Indiana volunteers. He mustered out after 100 days, on Sept. 29. Shortly thereafter, on October 11, he was licensed as a physician at New Lisbon, Indiana.

The details of Dr. Champ's medical education and practice are not known. His papers provide only an undated memorandum book of medical notes as evidence of his medical career. Dr. Champ was also an accomplished businessman, a postmaster of New Lisbon, Indiana, and an activist for prohibition. He died May 19, 1905.