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William F. Troughton, a physician and surgeon successfully engaged in practice in Seneca, was born in England, in the northern lake district, May 5, 1837. His father, Robert Troughton, was also a native of the same country and in early life followed the builder's trade. He married Hannah Thornburrow, also a native of England, and in that country their son, William F., was reared. He obtained his preliminary education in the schools near his home, later pursued his studies in London and was graduated from St. Thomas College in the spring of 1865. In the same year he came to the United States, landing at New York, whence he made his way direct to Cincinnati, Ohio. In the spring of 1866 he went south, opening an office in Memphis, Tennessee, where he engaged in practice for two years and on the expiration of that period he removed to Houston, Texas, where he had charge of a hospital during the epidemic of yellow fever in that city. He then returned to Memphis, Tennessee, and in 1869 he went to southern Illinois, locating in Carbondale, where he conducted a successful practice until 1872, when he took up his abode in Wetmore, Nemaha county, Kansas. In 1878 he came to Seneca. where he has since made bis home. Although conducting a general practice, he has made a specialty of the treatment of cancerous diseases and has been particularly successful in this line. He does not use the knife in his practice, and has treated cases of cancer over twenty years ago and since that time there has been no indication of a return of the disease. The Doctor is well versed in the science of medicine and keeps well abreast with the progress which is continually being made by the medical fraternity.

In 1863 occurred the marriage of Mr. Troughton and Miss Anne Davyes, of Westmoreland, England, a daughter of Parker Davyes. They now have five children, namely: Davyes; Hannah, wife of Horace Freger, of Gainesville, Texas; Thomas D.; Helen M. and Eden Kent. The Doctor is a member of Wetmore Lodge, F. & A. M., and also of the American Order of United Workmen. In politics he is a stalwart Democrat, and by President Cleveland was appointed postmaster of Seneca in 1887, but has never been a politician in the sense of office seeking, preferring that his time shall be given more closely to his business interests. His large practice makes heavy demands upon his time and is an indication of the confidence which the public have in his skill and ability.