Biography of Charles Curtis Fenn Gay


Gay, Charles Curtis Fenn, M. D., Buffalo, for many years one of the foremost physicians of Buffalo, was born in Pittsfield, Berkshire county, Mass., January 7, 1821. His father, William Gay, jr., traced his lineage direct to John Gay, of England, who came over on the ship Mary and John, on May 30, 1630, and settled in Watertown, but later removed to Dedham, Mass. From him have descended many notable men who have wielded powerful influences in commercial, professional, and public life. Dr. Gay's mother was a distant cousin of Edwin M. Stanton, the great war secretary. During Dr. Gay's early boyhood his parents removed to Lebanon Springs, Columbia county, N. Y., where he received a thorough preparatory education. In 1843 he attended the Brockport (N. Y.) Collegiate Institute, and in 1844 began the study of medicine under Dr. Joseph Bates, of Lebanon Springs. He soon went to Pittsfield, Mass., where he studied with Dr. H. H. Childs, who had been lieutenant-governor of that State. He also attended a course of lectures at the Berkshire Medical College and another in the medical school in Woodstock, Vt., and a third course at the former institution, from which he received the degree of M. D. in the fall of 1846. He then went to Philadelphia and took a winter course of instruction in the Jefferson Medical College and clinics in the Pe