Alonzo L. Wigton
Born January 19, 1841, in Delaware County, Ohio, Alonzo “A. L.” or “Lon” Wigton was the founder of one of the many prestigious medical lineages at UNMC. One of eight siblings, A. L. was a teacher prior to serving in the 88th Ohio Volunteers during the American Civil War. He married Mary Hunt on December 5, 1866, and within a year they moved to Poweshiek County, Iowa. In 1873, they moved again to Hastings, Nebraska. A. L. became editor of the Hastings Gazette-Journal until 1885, when he joined the Union Life Insurance Company. He contributed to the Hastings community in many ways, including as the “originator” of Hastings College. He served in the Nebraska State Legislature from 1879 to 1880. In 1891, the offices of the Union Life Insurance Company relocated to Omaha, and A. L. and Mary did as well. In 1898, the company combined with Royal Union Mutual Life of Des Moines, Iowa, and A. L. was named vice-president of the Nebraska branch. He remained in Omaha until his death in 1914.