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Biographical History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa

Charles H. Pinney, M. D. of Council Bluffs, first established his practice in Omaha, March, 1866, and in Council Bluffs in 1875. He was born in Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio, August3O, 1842. His father, Hurlbert Pinney, was born near Hartford, Connecticut, January 19, 1807. Originally, three brothers came from Scotland long before, the Revolution, and participated in our war for independence. One of them, John Pinney, was the great-grandfather of our subject. The Doctor's grandfather was also named John Pinney. There are numerous descendants of this name, many of whom reside at Farmington, and Windsor, Connecticut. Hurlbert H. Pinney married Malina Abbey, a native of Herkimer, Herkimer County, New York. In April, 1832, he went to Lorain County, Ohio, when that State was still a part of the Northwest Territory, in company with his younger and only brother, Albert, their father having died from the effects of a horse falling upon him while they were small boys. Three married sisters remained in Connecticut. Mr. H. H. Pinney married his wife, who had moved to Lorain County, Ohio, from the State of New York with her parents. They had six children, four sons and two daughters, all of whom are still living, namely: Carrie M., wife of Hon. R. G. Horr, a prominent statesman of Michigan, was born December 7, 1834; Laura M., born September 3, 1837, is the wife of Rev. Samuel L. Alexander, now of Council Bluffs; Allen W., a fruit-grower near Council Bluffs, was born August 21, 1839; the next in order of birth was Charles H., whose name heads this biographical sketch, born August 30, 1842; Anson E., born November 4, 1847, is a hardware merchant in Ithaca, Michigan; John H., born January 26, 1850, now resides near Akron, Nebraska, engaged in farming and stock-raising. The Doctor's parents are now living at East Saginaw, Michigan.

Dr. Pinney was brought up on the home farm until the age of fourteen, when he entered the Clarkson (Michigan) Academy, and afterward entered the scientific department of University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, having in view ultimately a medical education at that university; and on graduating in the medical department, in March, 1864, and satisfying first ambition, be entered the army as a Surgeon in the Ninth Ohio Cavalry, joining his regiment at Decatur, Alabama, and serving until the close of the war. That regiment participated in the engagement at Decatur with Chalmers and Wheeler's Cavalry; then it did scouting duty until 1864; next it was transferred to the army of General Rousseau and was taken on a raid through central Alabama, cutting railroads, etc., and then to Rome and Marrietta Georgia, and then took part in the siege of Atlanta, and marched to sea in Sherman's army, in the Third Cavalry Divison, Third Brigade, under Kilpatrick. It returned with Sherman through the Carolinas, driving Wheeler and Hampton from Bentonville to Raleigh. The regiment was engaged in many hard fights, both on the march to the sea and through the Carolinas. It participated in the very last battle of the war east of the Mississippi, which was after the surrender of Joseph E. Johnston, and on New Hope Creek, near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In that engagement Adjutant General Jenkins was mortally wounded. Dr. Pinney's regiment was retained in the South to aid in the reconstruction of the State, and assisted the Provisional Governor of North Carolina in this work, rendezvousing at Concord. He was mustered out in September, 1865, at Camp Dennison, Ohio.

After visiting his old home in Ohio and also his uncle in Michigan, with whom he had studied medicine, he went, in the fall of 1865, to Philadelphia, and continued his studies in the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, graduating there the next spring. He then came West to locate in Omaha and "grow up with the town." In compliance with his wife's desire, he afterward transferred his residence to Council Bluffs, where he also has a fine practice. He was married September 15, 1870, to Miss Ella 0. Pusey, a daughter of the Hon. William H. M. Pusey, born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and they have had three sons and a daughter: Hurlbert H., Lucile and Frank L. Their eldest child, William Henry, died at the age of four years.

On account of his superior qualifications, which he acquired by his surgical practice in the army, be has been very successful as a practitioner. He has been medical examiner and medical referee for the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York, since 1880. He is a member of the Council Bluffs Medical Society, of which he has been President, and is a member of the State Medical Society, and the Medical Society of Missouri Valley, and is the local surgeon for the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway Company. He is one of the leading physicians and surgeons of western Iowa.

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