Revered Chicago physician who dedicated his second career to breeding Holstein dairy cattle.
1860-1916 | Artist: Robert Wadsworth Grafton (1876-1936)
Impact & Accomplishments
Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Henry Baird Favill received his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago in 1883, interned at Cook County Hospital, then returned to Madison to join his father’s medical practice. In 1894, he moved to Chicago permanently, to serve as chair of medicine at Chicago Policlinic and to teach at Rush, where he was appointed chair of clinical medicine in 1906. Dr. Favill was president of the Chicago Tuberculosis Institute and the Chicago Medical Society and was chair of the American Medical Society’s Council for Health and Public Instruction.
In 1908, Dr. Favill established a Holstein cattle herd at Milford Meadows in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, and focused much of the rest of his life on cattle breeding. He was the first president of the National Dairy Council in 1915 and was named to the National Dairy Shrine in 1917, soon after his death.
Did You Know?
Dr. Favill's grandfather, Kewinoquot, was a chief of the Ottawa tribe.