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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Joseph H. Cornell, M. D.

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 483-484 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Dr. Joseph H. Cornell is widely known as a representative and successful young physician and surgeon of Schenectady, his native city. He was born on the 13th of August, 1896, his parents being Sylvester and Mary (De Orr) Cornell, both of whom are natives of Italy. They emigrated to the United States about 1880, locating first in Oneonta, New York, and a short time later in Schenectady, where they still make their home. The father, who for thirty-five years was in the service of the New York Central Railway as a section foreman, is now living retired in the village of Scotia where both he and his wife have many friends.

Joseph H. Cornell supplemented his early intellectual training, obtained in the grade and high schools of Scotia, by a course of study in Union College of Schenectady. In preparation for the profession which he had elected to make his life work he then matriculated in the Albany Medical College, from which he was graduated with the class of 1920. He did hospital work while still a student and continued therein for a year following his graduation. It was in October, 1921, that he entered upon the private practice of medicine and surgery in Schenectady, where he has continued to the present time, his patronage steadily growing as he demonstrated his ability to cope with the intricate problems which continually confront the physician in his efforts to restore health and prolong life. He recently purchased a handsome office building at No. 20 Jay street in Schenectady. His home is at No. 67 East Fifth street in Scotia.

Dr. Cornell gives his political support to the democratic party and is an active member of the Schenectady County Democratic Club. In religious faith he is a Catholic, while fraternally he is identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. Along strictly professional lines he has membership in the Schenectady County Medical Association and the New York State Medical Association. He is a young man of high professional attainments whose rapidly expanding powers have placed him with the most successful medical practitioners of Schenectady, and judging from what he has already accomplished his future career will be well worth the watching.

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