Dr. John Ouincy Moxley, the pioneer druggist of Lewiston, and a successful practicing physician, was born in Scioto County, Ohio, April 15, 1846, and is of English lineage, the original American ancestors having been early settlers of New England. His father, Thomas S. Moxley, was born in Vermont, and when a young man removed to Ohio, where he engaged in the practice of medicine for fifty years. He married Miss Susan McConnell, of Portsmouth, Ohio, and to them were born six children, three of whom are now living. The father died in the seventy-fourth year of his age, and the mother passed away at the age of seventy-nine.
Their son, John Ouincy Moxley, completed his literary education in the Ohio Wesleyan University, and in the Miami Medical College, of Cincinnati, prepared for his profession. Subsequently he engaged in the practice of medicine in the Buckeye state, and in 1873 emigrated westward, locating in Mount Idaho, this state, where he practiced for six months. He then came to Lewiston and bought of Dr. Kelly the pioneer drug store of the town. Since that time he has conducted the store and attended to a large practice, which is steadily increasing in volume and in importance. He is a competent physician, with a comprehensive and accurate knowledge of the science of medicine, and his professional labors have been followed by excellent results. He has also built up a good trade in the store, and has the good will and respect of all with whom he has been brought in contact.
In addition to his other business interests the Doctor was for twelve years a director in the Lewiston National Bank, and is a stockholder in various mines in British Columbia, Pierce City and Florence, and in the Iron Crown mine on Newsom creek, where they have an inexhaustible supply of rich ore, having taken out as high as twenty-one hundred and eighteen dollars in one hundred hours’ run. He owns a fine business block, a brick structure at the corner of Main and Third streets, the very center of the business district. He has always taken a deep interest in the educational affairs of the city, has been director of the Lewiston schools, and has efficiently served as county superintendent of schools. He is a most progressive and public-spirited citizen, advocating all commendable improvements and lending an active support to all measures for the public good.