Our History: ​Acknowledging Our Past, Innovating Our Future

Over the last 150 years, Hanger has successfully grown into a thriving national organization with 4,900+employees who collectively help those with many different types of physical challenges overcome obstacles and lead productive, independent lives.

It all Started with a Cannonball

James Edward Hanger never saw it coming during the early hours of June 3, 1861, as he stood guard in Philippi, Virginia, just before the first land battle of the American Civil War. He didn't know it then, but a devastating injury and excruciating leg amputation would be the start of a grand legacy of revolutionary healthcare innovations and therapeutic solutions.

Mobility for Millions

Many know of the iconic inventions that came out of the Civil War, including the telegraph, the first aerial reconnaissance in the form of hot air balloons, long-range weaponry and iron clad ships. But it's a lesser-known medical advancement that paved the way for the restoration of mobility to millions – the first articulating prosthetic knee joint.

Over 150 Years of Rehabilitative Innovation

More than 150 years ago, Hanger, Inc. was founded by the first above-knee amputee of the Civil War as a local company specializing in prosthetic devices.

Progress and Possibilities

Learn more about the history of Hanger, Inc., from acknowledging our progress to innovating our future:


The J. E. Hanger Story

Who was James Edward Hanger?​


Today and Tomorrow

Acknowledging our past. Innovating our future.


Our Timeline

A lot has happened in the past 150 years. To our country. Our industry. And our company. Looking at the arc of Hanger’s history is like reading the tale of a nation.