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Independent Medical College (Chicago, Illinois)

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Independent Medical College
Formation 20 Oct 1896
Dissolution 1899
Predecessor Illinois Health University
Successor Metropolitan Medical College
Purpose/focus Mail-order medical degrees
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois
Key people James Armstrong, J. H. Randall, Thomas Armstrong, and Charles M. Hovey

The Independent Medical College was a Chicago, Illinois-based scholastic enterprise (or diploma mill), organised by James Armstrong, J. H. Randall, Thomas Armstrong, and Charles M. Hovey and chartered on 20 October 1896, and in operations until 1899 when their charter was revoked by the Supreme Court of Illinois.

Armstrong had also formerly operated the Illinois Health University, that institution having been shuttered in April 1897 after its charter was similarly revoked. Undeterred by their latest charter revocation, the group immediately relaunched their diploma sales machine under the new names of the Metropolitan Medical College and Scientific Medical College; however, these latter two operations were themselves brought to an end by the arrests of Armstrong and his associates on charges of using the mails to defraud.[1]

Diploma Holders

References

  1. "FAKE MEDICAL COLLEGE GETS INTO TROUBLE - Government Officials Make a Raid Upon a Chicago Institution. Alleged 'Diploma Mill' Whose Quack Graduates Are Practicing in All Parts of the World.", San Francisco Call (San Francisco, CA): 3, 5 June 1900, https://cdnc.ucr.edu/?a=d&d=SFC19000605.2.34&e=-------en--20--1--txt-txIN--------1 
  2. "NOTES. Richard Metcalfe, of St. Joseph, who attended the Independent Medical College, Chicago, for a period of four months and graduated therefrom on February 4th, 1897, and belonging to the Physcomedical School of Medicine", St. Joseph Saturday Herald (St. Joseph, MI): 1, 20 Feb. 1897 
  3. "NOTES. Owen E. Ford of Wichita, Kas., a graduate of the Independent Medical College of Chicago, having attended that College for five months by mail, and graduated therefrom on Jan. 14, 1897...", St. Joseph Saturday Herald (St. Joseph, MI): 1, 27 Feb. 1897 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "NOTES. Franz Grossman and Max Rubin of Crown Point, Ind.", St. Joseph Saturday Herald (St. Joseph, MI): 1, 27 Mar. 1897 
  5. "NOTES. Joseph Weiss of Eau Claire, Wis.", St. Joseph Saturday Herald (St. Joseph, MI): 1, 3 Apr. 1897 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 "NOTES. Anton Jedlicka, Alvis Semerak, E. Ward Mackey [...] Anna M. Melville, Claude F. Ray, Agnes R. Sommerville, Richard St. Benno and Stewart Slocum, graduates of the Independent Medical College of Chicago", St. Joseph Saturday Herald (St. Joseph, MI): 1, 1 May 1897 
  7. "DR. T. T. DAVIS, Well-Known Specialist of Marion, Kansas", McPherson Republican (McPherson, KS): 4, 2 July 1897, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/94775417 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "NOTES. David Rosenfield and Louis Rosenswery, graduates of the Independent Medical College of Chicago", St. Joseph Saturday Herald (St. Joseph, MI): 1, 26 June 1897 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "NOTES. George S. Malone, Wm. H. Malone and George F. Childs, graduates of the Independent Medical College of Chicago", St. Joseph Saturday Herald (St. Joseph, MI): 1, 10 July 1897 
  10. 10.0 10.1 "NEW PHYSICIANS. Michael Cohn and Henry Russell, graduates of the Independent Medical college of Chicago...", News-Palladium (Benton Harbor, MI): 2, 4 Aug. 1897 
  11. "NEW PHYSICIANS. W. H. C. Wallace, a graduate of the Independent Medical college of Chicago...", News-Palladium (Benton Harbor, MI): 2, 13 Aug. 1897 
  12. "NOTES. Fred Yonkers, a graduates of the Independent Medical College of Chicago", St. Joseph Saturday Herald (St. Joseph, MI): 1, 4 Sep. 1897 
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "NOTES. Adolph Grinstein[...], W. H. Brown and George F. Wollgart, graduates of the Independent Medical College of Chicago", St. Joseph Saturday Herald (St. Joseph, MI): 1, 18 Sep. 1897 
  14. "NOTES. John Diepolder, a graduate of the Independent Medical College of Chicago", St. Joseph Saturday Herald (St. Joseph, MI): 1, 2 Oct. 1897