From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.

     A small minority of men prominent in learned professions can at the same time lay claim to conspicuous achievement in business enterprise and community service. Of this, number Dr. John L. Dickey, of Wheeling, who for many years has been internationally active in affairs of the medical profession, has a distinguished record. A man of fine learning and much practical skill in his own profession, he is also notably successful in the fields of finance, civic movements and public matters generally. It is difficult to think of any important public undertaking in Wheeling in the past generation that would have been so completely a success without Dr. Dickey's competent participation. He was president of the Wheeling Y. M. C. A. from 1901 to 1926. During the World War he contributed valuable services as chairman of the Ohio County Draft Board and as chairman of all five Libert Loan campaigns. Indeed, the list of his activities comprises practically a summary of the larger civic undertakings in Wheeling for more than a generation.
     Dr. Dickey was born in Wheeling, January 23, 1855, son of John R. Dickey, who in his lifetime was cashier of the Peoples Bank of Wheeling, and Elizabeth (Vance) Dickey. Dr. Dickey attended public schools, and was graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 1876 with the degree A.B. After three years of graduate work he received the degree A.M. at the same institution, in 1879. From 1879 to 1880 he served as vice-principal of Linsly Institute, Wheeling, and then undertook the study of medicine at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, being graduated in 1883, with degree M.D. He practiced medicine in Wheeling and achieved a definite renown elsewhere, being a member of the International Medical Congresses of 1887 (Washington, D. C.), 1890, (Berlin), and 1894 (Rome). He is a past president (1899) of the West Virginia State Medical Society, and served two terms (1903 to 1911) as a member of the West Virginia State Board of Health.
     He is now president of the National Exchange Bank of Wheeling and of the State Bank & Trust Company of Elm Grove; and a director of Security Trust Company, Morris Plan Bank, Wheeling and Belmont Bridge Company, and Fostoria Glass Company, all of Wheeling; and a director of the Industrial Loan Association of Moundsville, West Virginia.
     In 1880 Dr. Dickey held the rank of Captain of the West Virginia National Guard, but has not since been active in that organization. He is a Republican, and an elder in Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church of Wheeling. He is a director of the Wheeling Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Fort Henry Club.
     On October 31, 1889, he married Alice Lafton Reed of Washington, Pa. They have their residence at Echo Point, Wheeling. Dr. Dickey's offices are at 309 National Exchange Bank Building.