A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
SPECIAL TREATMENT OF THEIR CHIEF ENTERPRISES IN
EDUCATION, RELIGION, VALOR, INDUSTRY,
EDGAR RUBEY HARLAN, LL. B., A. M.
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Inc.
Chicago and New York
JAMES R. GUTHRIE, of Dubuque, is a man of distinguished attainments in two
distinct fields, that of medicine and surgery and of finance. he is one of
the prominent men of the state who were born on Iowa farms, and his birth
occurred at Sand Springs in Delaware County, July 22, 1858. Doctor Guthrie is a
son of Peter and Jane Ann Guthrie, his father of Irish and his mother of
Scotch ancestry. Peter Guthrie spent his active life as a farmer. James R. Guthrie was educated in public schools, attended Lenox College at Hopkinton, Iowa, from which he graduated Bachelor of Science in 1878, and the college awarded him the Master of Arts degree three years later. During this interval he had taught school, and on the basis of this early experience and equipment he entered the medical department of the University of Iowa, where he was
graduated M. D. in 1884. Doctor Guthrie has practiced medicine and surgery at Dubuque since graduating and is a member of the staff of Finley Hospital. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the Dubuque County, Iowa State and American Medical Associations.
He has rendered valuable service in his profession outside his home city.
In June, 1889, he was elected to the chair of physiology in the College of
Medicine at the University of Iowa, in 1898 was made professor of gynecology and obstretrics, and on July 22, 1902, was appointed dean of the College of Medicine, and altogether gave thirty years of service to the cause of the advancement of medical education and the raising of the medical standards of his school. In 1914 he resigned as dean and during the following five years continued to work for the university as a lecturer. Doctor Guthrie is affiliated with Dubuque Lodge, B. P. O. Elks.
His active career as a financier dates from 1914, and three important financial organizations and institutions of Dubuque owe a great deal to his judgment and integrity and business ability. These are the Federal Bank & Trust Company, the Federal Corporation and the Federal Building Company. The Federal Bank & Trust Company was opened May 2, 1914, and Doctor Guthrie has been president from the beginning. Since 1921 the company has occupied a thirteen
story building that is one of the finest business structures in the city and which also houses the two other corporations of which Doctor Guthrie is the active head.
Doctor Guthrie is a Republican in politics and a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church. He married at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 20, 1893, Miss Harriett Dowdell, whose father, Edward Dowdell, was an early pioneer of Eastern Iowa. Doctor and Mrs. Guthrie had two children, Edward, who died in infancy, and a daughter. The daughter, Janann, whose name is an abbreviation of her mother's name, Jane Ann, is a graduate of Vassar College and is now Mrs. Frank C. Baker, of Kansas City, Missouri.
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