Biography of Samuel W. Rutledge of Grand Forks North Dakota

Samuel W. Rutledge, M.D., born December 31, 1852, in Bellefontaine, Ohio, was a prominent physician in Grand Forks, North Dakota. After moving to Minnesota in his early childhood, he pursued medicine, graduating from the Homeopathic Medical College of Missouri in 1876. Rutledge practiced in Cresco, Iowa, before relocating to Grand Forks in 1881. Married to Mirian Fuller, he had three children: Ruby, Georgia, and an infant son who died. Dr. Rutledge was well-regarded in his profession and passed away on February 3, 1907.

Samuel W. Rutledge, M.D., was born on December 31, 1852, in the village of Bellefontaine, Ohio. He was the son of Thomas Rutledge, who moved the family to Minnesota, settling near Rochester when Samuel was two years old. In his early manhood, Samuel took up the study of medicine and graduated from the Homeopathic Medical College of Missouri in St. Louis in 1876. He practiced medicine for some time in Cresco, Iowa, where he married Miss Mirian Fuller, who survives him.

In 1881, the young couple moved to Grand Forks and have been residents of the city since then. They had three children: a son who died in infancy, and two daughters, Ruby, who is the wife of Dr. F.J. Roberts of Cando, North Dakota, and Georgia, who is currently living at home with her mother. Dr. Rutledge’s mother passed away several years ago, but his father is still alive (as of 1908) and resides in Cando.

Dr. Rutledge was one of the early physicians in Grand Forks and was affiliated with the Homeopathic School. He was well-known and highly regarded, considered a trusted friend and advisor. He held an honorable position in the medical profession and was a member of state and other official boards. He passed away on February 3, 1907.


C.F. Cooper & Company, History of the Red River Valley, Past And Present: Including an Account of the Counties, Cities, Towns And Villages of the Valley From the Time of Their First Settlement And Formation, volumes 1-2; Grand Forks: Herald printing company, 1909.

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