M.D. L.L.D Levin graduated from Washington College, Pennsylvania in 1835 and from the University of Virginia Medical School in 1839. He studied medicine in Paris, Dublin and elsewhere. He was a medical professor at Franklin College and the Medical College of Virginia at Richmond. He became dean of that facility in 1857. He was assistant surgeon in the forces of Virginia. In 1872 he was appointed permanent secretary of the state board of health, and he was a delegate to the International medical congress of 1876. His wife was Susan Valentine Archer Joynes.