Nebraska Authors

Frank S. Billings

AKA: Dr. Frank Seaver Billings

Born 1845-01-15 Boston, MA (USA)

Died 1912-10-12
Sharon, MA (USA)

Jamaica Plain, MA (USA)
Forest Hills Cemetery

One of the best known veterinary surgeons in the country, Dr. Billings was the author of many textbooks and was the Director of the Nebraska State Veterinary Hospital. Billings founded the Patho-Biological Laboratory, a pioneering effort to study animal diseases at the University of Nebraska. He also instigated the great hog cholera controversy of the 1890s, a complex decade long national controversy, in which Nebraska breeders, publications like the Nebraska Farmer, and even state politicians played conspicuous roles, debating the nature of the disease, the role of pathogens and the success of innoculations.

See: Richard A Overfield, “Hog Cholera, Texas Fever, and Frank S Billings: An Episode in Nebraska Veterinary Science,” Nebraska History 57 (1976): 99-128. On-line article available through history.nebraska.gov

Places Lived

Boston, MA
Lincoln, NE
Sharon, MA

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Government; Veterinary Science; Nonfiction


Training at the University of Berlin, GERMANY
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree


Director of the Patho-Biological Laboratory, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Investigator of Diseases of Animals, Experiment Station, University of Nebraska

Places Worked

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


Relation of Animal Diseases to Public Health and Their Prevention. 1884.
Inoculation: A Preventive of Swine Plague, With the Demonstration That the Administration of the Agricultural Department is a Public Scandal. 1892.
How Shall the Rich Escape? 1894.

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