Biography of William H. Gail
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Gail, William Henry, M. D., Aurora, p. o. East Aurora, son of Rufus and Maria Storms Gail, grandson of the Rev. Samuel Gail, a pioneer of Western New York, was born in the town of Wales, October 31, 1840, reared in Aurora, received his education at the Aurora Academy, and began the study of medicine in the office of Dr. Jabez Allen in 1860. In 1862, after having attended two full courses at the medical college, he enlisted as a private in Co. I, 116th N. Y. Infantry, served three months, was discharged that he might accept the appointment of medical cadet, U. S. A. Served in that capacity in Stanton General Hospital, Washington, D. C., until December 9, 1863, when he was discharged by reason of expiration of his term. Returned home, took private examinaiions at Buffalo Medical College, went to Albany, passed examination at Surgeon General's office and was commissioned assistant surgeon 18th N. Y. Cavalry, and continued in the service in various positions, the last being in charge of the 3d U. S. Infantry, until 1866, when he returned to East Aurora, where he has since been engaged in general practice. December 5, 1866. he was married to Julia, the only daughter of William Wallace, the well known civil engineer and pioneer railroad builder of Western New York. Mrs. Gail died October 7, 1890, leaving two sons and one daughter; one son, the first born, died in its infancy. Dr. Gail is a member of the American Medical Association, New York State Association of Railway Surgeons, Erie County Medical Society, of which he has been vice president and president, and is also a member of various fraternities.

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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