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Dr Lillias Stirling Hornton Underwood
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Birth: Jun. 21, 1851
Albany County
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 29, 1921, South Korea

American physician and missionary with the Presbyterian Mission. Personal physician to Empress Myungsung (Queen Min).

She received her Medical degree at Women's Medical College (now part of Northwestern University) in Chicago. While working at Mary Thompson's Hospital in Chicago, the Presbyterian Mission approached her to serve in Korea.

Lillias arrived in Korea in March, 1888. She was in charge of the Women's Department at the Government Hospital (Chejung-won), as well as teaching English and arithmetic at the orphanage for boys founded by Horace G. Underwood, leading Sunday school classes for boys, and leading Bible studies for women. She served as physician to the Queen of Korea, replacing Annie Ellers when she married Rev. Bunker.

In 1889, she married Horace Grant Underwood (brother of typewriter magnate John Underwood), and in 1890, their only child, Horace Hornton, was born. Lillias continued to practice medicine. In 1895, Queen Min was assassinated by invading Japanese soldiers. In mourning and fearful of the Japanese, King Kojong refused to eat any food that was not prepared in the Underwood or Henry G. Appenzeller homes.

Despite the grave risk to their lives, the Underwoods remained in Korea until H.G.'s failing health forced them to return to the US. After his death, Lillias returned to Korea with Horace Hornton and his bride. She retired from medicine and continued missionary work and wrote.

. Fifteen Years Among the Top-Knots, or, Life in Korea (1904,1908)
. Underwood of Korea (1918)
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  Horace Grant Underwood (1859 - 1916)
  Horace Horton Underwood (1890 - 1951)*
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Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery
Seoul Special City, South Korea
Created by: Rebecca Ewing Peterson
Record added: Oct 26, 2011
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Dr Lillias Stirling <i>Hornton</i> Underwood
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Dr Lillias Stirling <i>Hornton</i> Underwood
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 Added: Aug. 18, 2012

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