Dr. Henry Louis Dausman, a physician and surgeon of St. Louis, his native city, was born January 18, 1855. His father, the late Henry Dausman, was a native of Germany but was brought by his parents to America when only two years of age, the family home being established on a farm near Evansville, Indiana. There Henry Dausman was reared, pursuing his education in nearby schools and after reaching a working age learned the tobacco business, thoroughly acquainting himself with that task. In 1850 he became associated in tobacco manufacturing in connection with John E. Liggett under the firm style of Liggett & Dausman. This connection was maintained until 1873, when the partnership was dissolved and Mr. Dausman became a partner of John T. Drummond, organizing the Dausman & Drummond Tobacco Company. This partnership was continued for a number of years, at the end of which time the business was sold to the tobacco trust. At the time of the sale the firm was among the largest conducting business independently in the United States. The death of Henry Dausman occurred in St. Louis in 1891, when he had reached the age of seventy-seven years. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Nancy Jones, was a native of Virginia and a representative of one of the old families of that state of English lineage. Her grandfather was an officer in the Revolutionary war under Washington. Mrs. Dausman passed away in 1906 at the advanced age of eighty years. By her marriage she became the mother of four children, three daughters and a son, all of whom have now passed away, with the exception of Dr. Dausman of this review.
Educated in the public schools of St. Louis until he had mastered the branches of learning therein taught, Dr. Dausman afterward attended the Washington University and subsequently spent eight years as a student in Germany, being graduated from the University of Heidelberg with the degree of Ph. D. and with the degree of M. D. from the University of Wuertzberg, Germany. He afterward pursued postgraduate work in the hospitals of Vienna and came under the instruction and acquainted himself with the methods of the most eminent physicians and surgeons of Europe. With his return to America he entered upon private practice in San Francisco, California, where he remained for two years and later spent ten years in Boise, Idaho. He then again came to St. Louis and for a quarter of a century has continuously engaged in practice 1n this city. He belongs to the St. Louis, Missouri State and American Medical Associations.
In St. Louis, in 1900, Dr. Dausman was married to Miss Emma Louise Koelling. a native of St. Louis and a daughter of Fred Koelling, one of the old settlers of this city who has now reached the venerable age of ninety-one years. Dr. and Mrs. Dausman have one son, Harry L., who was born in St. Louis in 1901.
In his political views Dr. Dausman has always been a democrat since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. Fraternally he is connected with the various bodies of Masonry and is a loyal follower of the teachings and purposes of the craft.