Biography of Alexander Thompson Bull
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Bull, Alexander Thompson, M. D., Buffalo, was born in Builville, Orange county, N. Y., May 3, 1827, and is a son of Milton Bull, who died in that town in 1882, aged eighty nine. Dr. Bull was educated in the common schools, Bloomingburg Academy and New Paltz Collegiate Institute, and was graduated from Montgomery Academy in 1844. He then began the study of medicine under Dr. Isaac Garrison of Newburg, N. Y., was afterward with Dr. Valentine Mott and Dr. John W. Draper of New York, and also attended the Castleton (Vt.) Medical College, and received the degree of M. D. from the medical department of the University of New York in 1847. After spending two months at the New York Quarantine Station he began practice in Monticello, Sullivan county. In 1850 he removed to Middletown, N. Y., where he was chosen, in 1854, superintendent of schools in Orange county, by a majority of 156, being the only candidate elected that year on the local Whig ticket. Soon afterward he removed to London, Canada. Having practically adopted the homoeopathic principles of practice he was instrumental, while a resident of London. in securing the legislation of that system by the Canadian government, and was appointed a member of the Medical Board of Upper Canada. He was the first homoeopathic coroner appointed by the crown in the British Dominions, and held that office from 1860 until his removal to Buffalo, on November 15, 1864, when he resigned. On his departure he was given a public dinner by the municipality of London, at which the mayor presided. Dr. Bull has been in continuous and successful practice in Buffalo since 1864, and is the oldest active physician in point of service in the city. In 1869 he was appointed a pension examiner, but was soon removed solely because of his school of medical practice. At a session of the Amerjean Institute of Homoeopathy held in Chicago in June, 1870, he was appointed chairman of a committee on legislation, and in this capacity he appeared before the authorities at Washington, including President Grant, and was instrumental in securing the recognition of the homoeopathic principles of practice by the national government. Dr. Bull is a member of the Erie County Homoeopathic Society and has been its president several years; he was one of the founders of the Canadian Homoeopathic Society and was its president in 1858-59. On December 12, 1849. he married Sarah G., daughter of Lewis Vail. Mrs. Bull died in 1876, leaving three children: Willie Sheldon, secretary and treasurer of the L. A. W.; Sarah, wife of Allen Napier McNab; and Louis Agassiz Bull, M. D., who died in December, 1894.

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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