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William D. Middleton Papers

Identifier: RG99.0282

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Scope and Contents

The William D. Middleton papers include photocopies of newspaper clippings, a biographical sketch of Middleton by his daughter, and transcripts of two addresses by Middleton.


  • Creation: 1855-1902


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical or Historical Information

William Drummond Middleton was born in Bervie, Kincardineshire, Scotland, on April 26, 1844. His family emmigrated to the United States when he was twelve years old. He graduated from Davenport High School in Davenport, Iowa. At the age of twenty, he enlisted during the final year of the Civil War. Middleton graduated from Bellevue Hospital Medical College (later the New York University School of Medicine) in New York City in March 1868. After graduation, he began his medical practice in Davenport.

On October 24, 1870, the first term of the SUI Medical Department opened with thirty-nine students. Middleton joined the Medical Department in 1870 as professor of Physiology, and Microscopic Anatomy. In addition to teaching, early SUI physicians held private practices or additional positions, because their only teaching income was from student fees. Middleton was concurrently associated with Mercy Hospital in Iowa City and in Davenport, and served as surgeon for the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Company.

From 1883 to 1887, Middleton was a lecturer on Insanity. When professor William S. Robertson died in March 1887, Middleton filled his position as professor of Theory and Practice of Medicine, and Clinical Medicine. In 1891 he was named professor of Surgery and professor of Clinical Surgery. He served as dean of the medical faculty from 1895 until his death on April 5, 1902. Middleton was president of the Scott County Medical Society from 1876 to 1877. He was also a member of the Iowa State Medical Society.

Middleton's students formed the Middletonian Medical Society in 1900, which provided junior and senior medical students the opportunity for discussions of medical topics with faculty outside of the classroom. The following year these students established The Middletonian, a journal which contained alumni news.

Middleton married Sue Yandell Modemann on May 22 1871. The couple met in New York while Middleton was enrolled in courses at Bellevue. They had six children: Mary; George; Jessie; Edward; John; and William Drummond Middleton, Jr., who in turn named his son William Drummond Middleton.

Denise Anderson, October 2009


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Professor of Physiology, Microscopic Anatomy, Surgery, Clinical Surgery, among other medical fields. Dean of the medical faculty. Associated with the Medical Department from 1870 to 1902.

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Method of Acquisition

These materials were donated to the University Archives by Elizabeth Middleton in 1977.

Related Materials

Folder, "Middleton, William D. ," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG01.0015.003) Folder, "Peck, Washington Freeman," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG01.0015.003) Papers of John T. McClintock (RG99.0280) Records of the College of Medicine (RG15.0001.001)

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242