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Dr James Newton Matthews
Birth: May 27, 1852
Greencastle
Putnam County
Indiana, USA
Death: Mar. 7, 1910
Mason
Effingham County
Illinois, USA

At sixteen, James Newton Matthews was the very first student to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign when it opened in 1868. Matthews studied literature and medicine before graduating with honors in 1872. Matthews worked as a country doctor and published multiple volumes of poetry for which he became known as the "Poet of the Prairie." In 1910, Matthews died of a heart attack after walking more than five miles through a snowstorm to treat a patient. Today there is a scholarship in his name at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (bio by: Rich H.) 
 
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  James Riley Matthews (1883 - 1933)*
 
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Burial:
Mason Union Cemetery
Mason
Effingham County
Illinois, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Rich H.
Record added: Dec 25, 2002
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