ment of the University of Maryland at Baltimore, 1843, and, after a three-years course, graduated, Mar., 1846, with the degree of M. D. He returned to Pocomoke City and immediately began the practice of his profession, and for a period of twenty years he was one of the most popular physicians that this country has ever produced. He married, Mar. 17, 1847, Miss Sallie E. Atkinson. Together they shared life's joys and sorrows for a period of nearly twenty-five years.
Mrs. Hearne was born in Somerset Co., Md., Jan. 6, 1830. Children: Mary Margaret, born July 16 1848; Elizabeth Chew, born Aug. 1, 1851, Ebenezer, born Nov. 26, 1854, and Lavinia Grace, born Mar. 8, 1860.
Dr. Hearne adhered to the tenets of the Presbyterian doctrine, but was never a communicant of any church. Mrs. Hearne was a devoted member of the Methodist Church. And no sacrifice ever seemed too great for her to make, to advance the interests of Christ and His church.
Until 1860 Dr. Hearne was a Whig in politics, and for many years his popularity was so great in that party that when there was a probability of a hard struggle with the Democratic party he would be selected as the most available candidate to carry the election for his party. During the fifties he spent three separate terms at Annapolis as a member of the house of Delegates from Worcester Co. In 1860 he voted for Bell and Everett at the Presidential election. At the breaking out of the Civil War he became a sympathizer with the South, and remained in the Democratic party as long as he lived. In 1850 he associated with him in partnership in the practice of medicine Dr. J. T. B. McMaster, and they practiced together for seven years, and dissolved partnership 1857. They remained firm friends through life, and were frequently called in for consultation by other physicians of the town. Dr. Hearne was unusually successful in performing surgical operations.
In 1866 Dr. Hearne's health failed to such an extent that he was compelled to relinquish his country practice, but he continued to practice in town, with the addition of considerable prescription and office work. He had a bright intellect, beyond the common order of minds. He was a great reader and a most entertaining conversationalist. In disposition he was genial and amiable and was highly respected by all who knew him, He was a public-spirited
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