Illinois has furnished to Idaho a number of her leading citizens, including Dr. E. E. Maxey of Caldwell. He was born in Irvington, Washington County, Illinois, on the 21st of August 1867. His ancestors resided in Maryland, Virginia and Tennessee. His father, Dr. W. C. Maxey, was a practicing physician of Illinois for many years. He was graduated in the University of Tennessee, and, determining to devote his energies to the medical profession, has gained marked prestige therein. During the civil war he joined the First Illinois Cavalry and afterward re-enlisted in the Eightieth Illinois Infantry, being promoted to the rank of lieutenant before the close of hostilities, in recognition of his meritorious service on the field of battle. For the past twelve years he has resided in Caldwell, where he has secured a large and lucrative practice. In politics he is a Republican and was elected a member of the convention which framed the present state constitution of Idaho. He was also at one time commandant of the Soldiers’ Home in Boise and is now United States examining surgeon.
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Dr. Ed E. Maxey is one of a family of seven children. He prepared for his professional career in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, of Chicago, graduating in the spring of 1891, immediately after which he began the practice of medicine in Caldwell, where he has succeeded in building up a good business. He is now the resident surgeon of the Oregon Short Line Railroad, which passes through the town. He is a member of the State Medical Association of Idaho, and his prominence therein is indicated by the fact that he is now serving his second term as secretary of the organization. He is also a member of the American Medical Association. In the affairs of Caldwell he has taken an active part, and is a public-spirited progressive citizen. He has filled the office of coroner, has been a member of the city council, and was the first coroner of Canyon County, having been appointed to that position by Governor Willey when the county was formed, and on the expiration of his first term was re-elected. Socially he is connected with the Masonic fraternity and is past master of Essene Lodge, No. 22, of Caldwell. Devoted to the noble and humane work which his profession implies. Dr. Maxey has proved faithful, and has not only earned the due reward of his efforts in a temporal way but has also proved himself worthy to exercise the important functions of his calling.