James Suydam Knox
James Suydam Knox (1840–1892) was born in Nassau, New York, the second of seven children to the Reverend John P. and Aletta Knox. Employed as a teacher following his 1860 graduation from Princeton College, he enlisted in the New Jersey Volunteers as a corporal on August 30, 1862. In the following year, he transferred to the U.S. Army’s hospital units. Knox’s medical duties took him to Washington, D.C., where, late in the Civil War, he witnessed Abraham Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865. With his military service complete, Knox graduated in 1866 from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. He established a private practice in Somerville, New Jersey, and married Elizabeth Hartwell in 1869. The couple moved to Chicago in 1873, where Dr. Knox was appointed a professor of obstetrics and childhood diseases at Rush Medical College. A member of the staff at Presbyterian Hospital, he was instrumental in establishing their maternity ward in 1892. At the time of his death, he was serving as the Chicago Gynecological Society’s president.