On April 19, 1889, Susan Dew Hoff passed the state medical exam, becoming one of the first licensed women physicians in West Virginia history.
As a youth, the Hampshire County native had moved with her family to West Milford in Harrison County, where her father was a doctor. She sometimes accompanied him on house calls.
And he encouraged her to pursue a medical career, but medical colleges were closed to women in the mid-1800s.
As Hoff raised a family of five, she self-taught herself by reading her father’s medical books and discussing medicine with him.