John E. Bingham Lincoln assassination witness apparently nephew of John A. Bingham assistant to JAG in Abraham Lincoln assassination trial, Obituary and bio of surgeon who died in Portland, OR area appear to match
John E. Bingham, the witness of the Abraham Lincoln assassination and author of a letter revealed on Antique Roadshow recently, is apparently the nephew of John A. Bingham who was the assistant to Judge Advocate General in the Abraham Lincoln assassination trial.
John E. Bingham was 19 years old when he witnessed the assassination and wrote the letter to his uncle.
The Antique Roadshow episode took place in Portland, Oregon.
An obituary was found for a John Ernest Bingham in the Portland area and it matches the birth year age of John E. Bingham.
“DR. J. E. BINGHAM DIES
Prominent Surgeon Passes Away at Home in Walla Walla.
Dr. John E. Bingham, of Walla Walla, one of the most prominent physicians of the Pacific Northwest, died at his home at 7 P. M. last night, and in accordance with his wishes, his remains will be brought to Portland today and cremated. He left a widow, the daughter of Mrs. C. H. Lewis, of Portland, and a young son, Mason. His mother, who has passed her 90th year, is still alive and is in possession of her faculties and in good health. Dr. Bingham will be best remembered by Oregonians as the brother of Todd and Edward Bingham, two former Portland attorneys, now deceased.
No surgeon was more widely known throughout Oregon and Washington. He had practiced his profession in Washington for the past 30 years. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, but before beginning to practice, completed the study of medicine at Paris, London and Vienna. He was known as a splendid diagnostician and a brilliant operator. There are very few of the major operations that have not been repeatedly performed by Dr. Bingham. For many years and up to the time of his death he was division surgeon for the O. R. & N. Company and had charge of the surgical service of the railroad company at St. Mary’s Hospital, Walla Walla. He was also the author of many interesting papers on medical and surgical subjects.
He possessed many attractive qualities of mind and heart and was known for his benevolence and broad humanitarianism. He was always willing to answer calls from the sick, and his constant and unremitting devotion to his patients doubtless was the cause of the undermining of his health while he was yet in the prime of life.
Morning Oregonian, February 20, 1906″
From a biographical sketch in “The Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, 1826-1904 A History”.
The John A. Bingham in question was a minister to Japan and uncle to John Ernest Bingham.
If this is true, why have we heard nothing about it?
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