Biography of Dr. John Pitkin, Sr.


Pitkin, John, sr., M. D., one of Buffalo's prominent physicians, was born in Hartford, Conn., November 22, 1826, where he was educated in the public schools. In 1854 he began the study of medicine in Hartford and in 1861 was graduated from Yale College. After graduating he began the practice of his profession. He was surgeon in the United States army in 1864. He located in Palniyra, N. Y., after the war, where he remained until 1884, when he removed to Buffalo. Dr. Pitkin is of one of the first Colonial families of Hartford, Conn., in which was the first Governor of that State; also a member of Congress in 1784. This family furnished soldiers in the Revolution, also in the war of 1812 and in the war of the Rebellion. Among the descendants by the name of Pitkin may be found a United States senator and State senator, two attorneys-general, three judges of Supreme Court and thirty clergymen, including Rev. Thomas C. Pitkin, D. D., formerly of Albany and Buffalo. See Pitkin Genealogy, published in Hartford, Conn., in 1887.

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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