Biography of Dr. Silas D. Presbrey
Bristol County, MA Biographies





Presbrey, Dr. Silas Dean, was born in Taunton, October 19, 1838, a son of Billings Troop and Clarissa Burt (Dean) Presbrey. He prepared for college in Taunton High School and was graduated at Harvard in 1860. At this time he began his medical studies in the office of Dr. Henry B. Hubbard of Taunton, and in the same year entered Harvard Medical School, from which he was graduated in 1865 with the degree of M. D., having served during an interval as principal of the Taunton High School. He at once began practice in Taunton, where he has since continued, being now justly counted as one of the leading members of his profession in this section. He has a wide membership in medical societies, both State and National; is a thirty second degree Mason and has given the city of Taunton much faithful public service, having served for a number of years as city physician and since 1881 as a member of the Board of Water Commissioners. Perhaps his greatest achievement in the interest of the city has been the Morton Hospital, for the establishment of which he was an indefatigable worker, in fact, the practical founder of the institution. He has been senior consultant of the hospital from the beginning and delivers about thirty lectures a year to the Nurses' Training School in connection. In the cause of education he has also been a prominent worker, having been an official member for years of the School Board as well as a trustee of long standing of Bristol Academy. His faithful and efficient work in these positions of trust needs no comment here. As a business man he has been eminently successful, and is now and has been for many years a trustee and member of the board of investment of the Bristol County Savings Bank. As a physician he has kept well in touch with the.advanced thought of the period, having been a frequent contributor to medical publications and at medical gatherings. Dr. Presbrey has gained a large practice in Taunton and neighboring towns, and wins the love of his patients by his cheery and sympathizing manner in the sick room, and by their confidence in his skilful treatment of their diseases. Dr. Presbrey married, October 1, 1863, Sarah Williams, daughter of Artemas and Susan Shaw (Williams) Briggs. Their children are Clara Briggs, Florence Nathalie and Laura Edith.

From:
Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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