Richard Drake Swisher 
Location served:
Years in Practice:
1867 to 1890
Area of Specialization:
Family Medicine  


Dr. Richard Drake Swisher was born around 1830.  His parents were Burgess Swisher and the former Mary Abel.  His siblings included; Joseph, John, William and Sarah and his parents farmed in Southwold Twp, Elgin County.

According to the 1851 Canadian Census, Dr. Swisher was living with his parents in Elgin County and he was teaching school.  He graduated M.D. from Victoria College in Toronto in 1867.  He started practicing medicine in Thamesville in 1867.  According to the 1881 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Swisher joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 25th of March, 1869.

He was married to Maria.  She was born December 21st, 1838 in Southwould Twp.  Dr. and Mrs. Swisher had three daughters; Mary Ann was born in 1858, Susan (who died in childhood) and Ada Maria Swisher was born in 1865.  Dr. Swisher owned property in the Town of Thamesville and a farm in Zone Township.  Dr. Swisher appeared in the 1869 and 1889 Ontario Gazeteer and Business Directory advertising his medical practice in Thamesville.

Dr. Swisher cared for the residents of Thamesville for over 20 years. He was appointed as a Coroner for the County of Kent on the 12th of June, 1869. He died on the 26th of  March 1890, in Thamesville. Maria Swisher died on the 31st of December, 1895 in Thamesville.  They are buried at the Mayhew Cemetery in Thamesville.