Biography of Dr. John Cronyn


Cronyn, John, M. D., Ph. D., LL. D., Buffalo, was born in Ireland in 1827, and was educated under his father, at a monastry school in Cork, under private tutors at Knox College and at the University of Toronto in Canada. He passed the examination in medicine at the latter institution in 1850, but did not take his degree on account of the test oath, which required all graduates to subscribe to the thirty-nine articles; being a Roman Catholic he refused to do this, and therefore he was obliged to go before the Provincial Licensing Board, which admitted him to practice. A few years later, the Canadian government having removed all sectarian restrictions, he applied for and received the degree of M. D., his thesis being awarded the chancellor's prize. He practiced at Fort Erie with uninterrupted success until about 1859, serving also as local superintendent of schools for several years and being elected reeve. Removing thence to Buffalo he rapidly won a high reputation, and to-day he is recognized as one of the ablest and foremost physicians in Western New York. For more that thirty-five years he has been a member of the staff of the Buffalo Hospital of the Sisters of Charity, serving first as surgeon and latterly as physician in chief. He was for eight years marine surgeon of the Port of Buffalo, and has been president of the Buffalo City and Erie County Medical Societies and the New York State Medical Association. In 1883 he was largely instrumental in establishing the medical department of Niagara University. of which he is president of the faculty and professor of principles and practice of medicine. This university conferred upon him the degree of Ph. D. in 1888 and that of LL. D. in 1893. Dr. Cronyn is also a member of the Board of Managers of the Buffalo State Hospital (of which he was several years the president) and an honorary member of the Ontario Medical Association.

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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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