LaGrange Severance was born December 28, 1839. His early education was obtained in public school and academy, which he left at the age of fourteen, and entered the office of the Bangor Daily Whig and Courier, Bangor, Me., where he remained until he arrived at the age of twenty-one. At the breaking out of the war, he unhesitatingly entered the army, as a private, in Company H, Twelfth Regiment Maine Volunteers. His regiment was assigned to Gen. B. F. Butler’s Division, and after the capture of the forts in the Gulf of Mexico, was assigned to duty at New Orleans. He was promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant in April, 1863, and again to the responsible position of Adjutant of his Regiment, in February, 1864. He was with his regiment at the battles of Ponchatoula, Irish Bend, siege of Port Hudson, and in the campaign of the Shenandoah; under Gen. Phil Sheridan at the battles of Winchester, Fisher’s Hill and Cedar Creek; was wounded at Ponchatoula and Port Hudson; after the battle of Cedar Creek, was again promoted to the position of Acting Assistant Adjutant General of the First Brigade, Second Division, Nineteenth Army Corps, where he remained until the mustering out of the regiment in December, 1864, at the expiration of its three years’ service. Soon after the close of the war, he began the study of medicine, and graduated from the Eclectic Medical Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, in May 1868, when he commenced the practice of medicine in South Whitley, Ind., and in October, 1869, he came to Huntington County, and has remained here ever since, enjoying the confidence and respect of all with whom he has associated. Dr. Severance is a member of the Masonic Order, having attained the rank of Knight Templar.
History of Huntington County, Indiana (Brant & Fuller: Chicago, IL) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Huntington – City and Township. Pages 533-4.