William Brooks Bigler was born on 6 October 1833 in Fairview Township, York County, Pennsylvania. During the Civil War, he was one of the first to volunteer for the defense of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at the time of the Confederate invasion and was stationed at Camp Curtin for a few weeks. He read medicine under his brother-in-law, Dr. B.F. Porter , entered Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1863, and graduated on 10 March 1865. No copies of his doctoral thesis, entitled “Specific Remedies,” are available. After beginning medical practice in East Prospect, Bigler moved to Wrightsville, returned to East Prospect, and finally settled in Dallastown (all in York County, Pennsylvania). He married 6 months after graduation from medical school and had three children. A writer, local historian, school director, and member of the Pennsylvania legislature (1883-1884) , Bigler died on 1 April 1915 of “senile debility” at his home in Dallastown .