Illinois Health University
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|Illinois Health University|
Universitas Salutis Illinoisensis
|Formation||16 May 1895|
|Dissolution||3 April 1897|
|Successor||Independent Medical College|
|Purpose/focus||Mail-order medical degrees|
|Key people||James Armstrong, Albert E. Bradbury, Isabelle Alston|
The Illinois Health University was a Chicago, Illinois-based scholastic enterprise (or diploma mill), organised by James Armstrong, Albert E. Bradbury, and Isabelle Alston and chartered in 16 May 1895, and in operations until April 1897 when their charter was revoked by the Supreme Court of Illinois. Armstrong, for his part, was far from dissuaded by the dissolution of the concern, and continued to make degree-by-mail offerings through his Independent Medical College.
- J. B. L. Curtis
- Emil Haberman
- Ernestina Schwarz
- Frederick Rutland 
- Mrs. A. Neve Rutland 
- Norbert von Ormay II 
- "DOCTORS MADE QUICK - J. ARMSTRONG SELLS YOU A DIPLOMA AFTER A WEEK OF STUDY. Is President of the Illinois Health University to Turn a Layman Into a Physician at Short Notice - Furnishes Formal-Looking Latin Diplomas and Seem to Do a Flourishing Business - Advertises Its Offers in Out-of-Town Papers Only.", Chicago Sunday Tribune (Chicago, IL): 1, 29 Sept. 1895, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/349470004/
- "Health University for Chicago", Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL): 5, 3 Oct. 1895, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/349847076/, "Springfield, Ill., Oct. 2. — [Special] — The Illinois Health University, at Chicago, without capital stock, was granted a charter of incorporation by the Secretary of State May 16, 1895. The object of incorporation is stated to be the education of teachers in the science of health and the true art of healing and of fitting men and women for the rights and duties of citizenship and of conferring upon such teachers proper diplomas of qualifications. The incorporators at James Armstrong, Albert E. Bradbury, and Isabelle Alston, who are also the first Board of Directors."
- "ALL OVER THE STATE", Darlington Democrat: 7, 196 Jan. 1896, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/678831720/, "The health department served notice on the Wisconsin Electrical Medical College of Milwaukee to discontinue or its officers will be prosecuted. The institution is conducted by Frederick Rutland, M.D., and by Mrs. A. Neve Rutland, who hold diplomas from the Illinois Health University, and who were refused a license to practice in Milwaukee."
- de Vara, Art Martinez (Feb. 2014), Count Von Ormay and the Diploma Mill Scandal, vonormystar.com, http://www.vonormystar.com/2014/02/count-von-ormay-and-diploma-mill-scandal.html