(Apr. 5, 1819 or 1820-Jan. 5, 1905). Prominent Indianapolis physician, James Walter Hervey was born near Brookville, Indiana. He received his primary education in Ohio and was an early student in the medical department of Indiana Asbury College (now DePauw University). He served as a surgeon for the 50th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War.

Hervey wrote extensively on medical hygiene, sanitation, temperance, and the need to create a State Board of Health, which was accomplished in 1881. He was a Republican representative from Marion County in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1855. He is also considered the first Indiana writer to attempt “horror stories,” publishing The Scroll And Locket; Or The Maniac Of The Mound in 1858.

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