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A. G. Pickett, M. D., physician and surgeon, Mattoon; was born in Kenton Co., Ky., in 1826; his early life was spent for the most part in school; he completed a full course in Woodward College, Cincinnati, at which he graduated in 1844; he then entered the Ohio Medical College, and completed the course in 1847; he began the practice of his profession in Ohio, where he remained one year; he then came West to Illinois, and located near Quincy, where he remained till 1861, when he entered the U. S. service as Surgeon of the 50th Regiment I. V. I.; he remained in the service till November, 1864; on his return from the army, he located in Moultrie Co., and followed his profession till 1874, when he removed to Mattoon. He was married in 1862 to Amanda S. Jenkins, a native of Kentucky; has four children – Alice S., Ada M., Willie A. and Lenore. Dr. Pickett very naturally grew up into a physician; his father and many of his ancestors had been practitioners of the “healing art,” and the profession seemed to fall to him as a natural birthright inheritance.