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W. J. Brewster, M. D.

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[This information is from pp. 420-421 of Biographical Review Volume XXXIII: Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of Greene, Schoharie and Schenectady Counties, New York (Boston: Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1899). It is in the collection of the Grems-Doolittle Library of the Schenectady County Historical Society at 920 BIO.]

W. J. Brewster, M. D., of North Blenheim, N. Y., was born in Scotland, Albany County, January 8, 1863, son of William J. and Margaret (Ramsey) Brewster. On the paternal side he traces his ancestry, we are told, to Elder William Brewster, of the "Mayflower" and Plymouth Colony. His grandfather, who was born in 1795, and died in 1841, operated a carding-mill in Schoharie County. His grandmother Brewster's maiden name was Silence Gallup.

William J. Brewster, the Doctor's father, was born in Albany County, in February, 1839. His education was completed at Schoharie Academy; and he taught school for a number of years in Schoharie County, where he also engaged in farming. His wife, Margaret, was the daughter of a prominent farmer and leading public official of Gilboa, who was of Scotch descent. Dr. Brewster's parents were members of the Reformed Church of Gallupville, and his father took much interest in church matters. He died April 13, 1883.

W. J. Brewster obtained his elementary education in the common schools, pursued more advanced studies at Schoharie Academy, and then by teaching school earned money enough to enable him to take the course at the Normal School, where he was graduated. His medical studies were begun under a private instructor, and continued at the University Medical College and at Bellevue Hospital Medical College. He took special courses in the laboratory, and a very thorough course in surgery. He was graduated a Doctor of Medicine in 1890, and then went to North Stratford, Coos County, N. H., where he was in practice till his health failed. After a season of rest and recuperation he came in 1897 to North Blenheim, where he is now settled. He is a well-educated physician, and has a good country practice. While in New Hampshire he was a specialist in orthopedic surgery, in which he has done some remarkable work. He was a Health Officer in New Hampshire, and served also as County Coroner. He was a member of Coos County (New Hampshire) Medical Society, being later a member of the Schoharie County Society. He is a member of Schoharie Valley Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 491. He has written valuable papers for various medical journals. He is a Republican in politics.

Dr. Brewster married Emily E. Earle, of Valleyfield, Province of Quebec, Canada, and has one child.

[Editorial note: This entry was not returned to the author with corrections.]

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