Biography of Col. George Abbott, MD


Abbott, Col. George, M. D., Hamburg, was born November 2, 1826, at Palmyra, N. Y., of New England parentage. His father, the Rev. Orrin Abbott, was a Vermonter, the son and grandson of Revolutioners, the latter being a colonel therein, and were descendants of the Massachusetts Abbotts. Col. George Abbott's mother was Miss Sarah Maria Lee Abbott, a descendant from Thomas Lee of Lyme, Conn. In his teens he attended what was called in those days a full course in the Akron High School, and then read medicine with Dr. George W. Burwill of Buffalo. He attended two full courses at the Geneva Medical School, followed by a third at the Buffalo Medical University, where he graduated in 1852. He immediately entered the Buffalo Hospital of Sisters of Charity as interne and after serving there for several months he opened an office for the practice of medicine and surgery at White's Corners (now Hamburg, N. Y.) in the spring of 1853, where he still pursues his profession. In 1856 he was appointed surgeon of the 6th Regt., N. G. N. Y., and was with it in the United States service in 1863. The succeeding fall he was appointed by Gov. Horatio Seymour to raise a regiment in his, the then Third Assembly district of Erie county. He did so, and was complimented by the military department of the State as having raised the same in less time than any other had been raised in the State. This regiment was organized on the 18th of January, 1864, as the 98th Regt., N. G. N. Y., and in August following was called into service as 100-day men and sent to Elmira, N. Y., to relieve old veterans then on duty, who were immediately sent to the front for active fighting service. With his regiment he was continued in the service 134 days, being mustered out December 22, 1864. In 1868, the Legislature having reduced the military forces of the State from 75,000 to 25,000, ordering the retention in the service of only city regiments, the 98th was mustered out and the colonel placed on the reserved list. On his return from Elmira he resumed his practice, but suffering much from poor health incident to injuries received in the service, he sought relief from heavy practice by serving two terms as school commissioner in the Second School Commissioner District of Erie county. He was naturally a great lover of scientific and scholarly attainments and sought early to improve the educational facilities of his town, and the Hamburg Academy is largely due to his untiring industry and energy in that direction. In his practice he met with superior success and was early honored by the medical fraternity with almost continued service in official positions in the County Medical Society. He was president of the society in 1867 and soon thereafter made a permanent member of the New York State Medical Society, there being at that time but one other permanent member of the State society outside of the city of Buffalo in the county of Erie. He has enjoyed honors at the hands of many social, scientific and secret societies and was for some time president of the Erie County Pomona Grange, and for one year was treasurer of the New York State Grange. He was a member of the I. O. O. F. and Sons of Temperance in the forties and served in all their chief official chairs. He, with Job Taylor, were the first members to be initiated and raised in Zion Lodge, F. & A. M., of East Hamburg, of which lodge he became a past worshipful master and still retains an active working interest in the order. He was brought up a Methodist, but was very liberal in his religious views, believing there were truly good Christians in all creeds and churches, and constantly, though a firm advocate of strictly religious and moral principles, was never a zealous church partisan. In 1857 he married Miss Julia C. Church of Fort Ann, Washington county, N. Y., a graduate of the Albany Normal School, and a very superior teacher, by whom he had five children, two of whom, George B. Abbott, jr., of Salamanca, N. Y., and Eliza Maria Abbott, are living; the others died in childhood.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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