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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 - Richard Smyth Biography - Richard Smyth

Information provided courtesy of Mrs. Wanda Griess, President, Posey County Historical Society

Dr. Richard Smyth, born April 28, 1830, was a native of Ireland. His parents, Thomas and Susan Smyth, immigrated to the United States in 1839, and settled on a farm in Gibson County, Indiana. Dr. Smyth began clerking in a drug store in Evansville at the age of sixteen. He attended the Evansville Medical College and graduated in 1852.

Upon graduation, Dr. Smyth set up practice in Wadesville, Indiana until 1864, when he returned to Gibson County and practiced at Princeton until 1878. His health failing him, he moved to Kansas in 1878, but returned to Indiana in 1881 and settled in Posey County, where he practiced in Mount Vernon, Indiana, and "met with marked success."

Details of his death are not known.