Biography of Dr. Silas O. Gleason
Chemung County, NY Biographies





Gleason, Dr. Silas O., a founder of the Gleason Sanitarium, known favorably for many years as the Elmira Water Cure, was born in Coleraine, Mass., November 3, 1818, a son of Silas Gleason, a farmer who moved to Vermont in 1823, where he died about 1870 at the age of sixty-four years. Dr. Silas O. was educated in the common schools until twenty one years old, was brought up to manual labor, and received some schoolingalso at Whitesboro, Oneida County, N. Y., paying for his board by milking cows, etc., and staying there eight months. He attended Oberlin College two years, but hard work, too much study, and ill health compelled him to return to Vermont for a year to recuperate, still, however, keeping up his reading. He then attended the Castleton Medical College of Vermont and graduated third in the class of '44. He practiced at Carlisle, N. Y., for one year, spending the next two years lecturing on anatomy, physiology, and hygiene in New York State. He traveled in Allegany County in 1847, where he established the third Water Cure in the United States, remaining there two years. He then formed a partnership with Dr. Jackson, now of the Danville Water Cure, and bought a hotel of Skaneateles Lake, which he sold after three years to Dr. Jackson. He then went to Burdick's, on the east shore of Caynga Lake, where he remained one year, moving thence to Elmira in 1852. Here he became associated with Fox, Holden, and M. Hale, who together built the building of which Dr. Gleason has been sole owner for ten years. Dr. Gleason has treated 20,000 patients from all over the world. He has the greatest number from July to October, among his guests having been Colfax, Sunset Cox, and many other distinguished people. Dr. Gleason married, in 1844, Miss Rachel Brooks, daughter of Reuben Brooks, a public man of prominence. After her marriage she took up the study of medicine with her husband and at the meeting of eclectics in Syracuse Dr. Gleason introduced a resolution to admit women to membership, which motion he carried, his wife being the first woman to enter any Medical College in the world which publicly opened its doors to women. They have a son and a daughter. The son, E. B., is a business man and the daughter, Adele A., is a physician. She was educated in Philadelphia and Ann Arbor. graduating from the Medical Department ot the last named college in 1875. and took a post-graduate course in chemistry and diagnosis in the Eye and Ear Infirmary with Dr. Knapp, of New York, under Chareot, of Paris, in insane and nervous diseases, and has been in practice with her father since graduating.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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