Ray, Charles H.
Born: 1821-03-12 Norwich, New York
Died: 1870-09-24 Chicago, Illinois
Charles H. Ray was a physician, state government official, journalist, editor, publisher, and temperance advocate. He attended Norwich Union Seminary and almost became a teacher. Ray decided to enter the medical field, apprenticed in Poolville, and became a military surgeon in 1838, earning an official commission in 1840. By the following year, Ray was embroiled in scandal and debt and signed on as a ship's surgeon in New Bedford, Massachusetts. After returning in 1843, Ray relocated to New York City to resume his medical studies and taught at the University of New York. In 1844, he received his medical license. He then traveled west to Michigan to establish a practice but again lapsed into scandal and returned to Norwich. He set out for the west once more and, upon reaching Buffalo, met Millard Fillmore, who advised him to contact John T. Stuart in Springfield, Illinois, and establish himself there. Ray became involved in the temperance movement in Springfield and started his own newspaper,
Emmet F. Pearson, Charles Henry Ray: Illinois Medical Truant, Journalist, and Lincoln King-Maker (Springfield: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 1983); John Moses and Joseph Kirkland, eds., The History of Chicago Illinois (Chicago: Munsell, 1895), 2:44-45; Newton Bateman and Paul Selby, eds., Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois (Chicago: Munsell, 1921), 1:442.