Biography of Sidney P. Bates
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Sidney P. Bates was horn at Derby, Vt, February 16, 1815. His father died before his birth, and his mother only a few weeks afterward, when he was adopted by an uncle (the father of Dr. Roswell Bates of Fort Covington), and came to Malone with him in 1820 or 1821. He studied medicine with Dr. Boswell Bates, attended lectures in Vermont, and then practiced there for seven years, returning to Malone in 1847, where he ever afterward made his borne. As a physician he was in the frout rank of the profession in his time, and "his tact, management and humor in the sick room were exquisite." His interest in educational matters was pronounced, and the work that he wrought for the improvement of our common schools was great. He was superintendent of schools for the town of Maione for seven years under the old township system, and, almost single handed and against the combined opposition of practically every man of influence and standing in the community, carried through the project for consolidation of the schools in the village of Malone, and the creation of our graded school system. Later he was recognized by everybody as having been right, and the change as having been wise. Dr. Bates was school commissioner for the first commissioner district from 1861 to 1867, and again to fill a vacancy in 1870 making a fine record. About ten years prior to his death he was thrcwn from his sleigh while returning from a night call upon a patient, and sustained injuries which crippled him, and after a time confined him to his bed. He died February 1, 1894.

From:
Historical Sketches of Franklin County
and its several towns.
By: Frederick J. Seaver Malone, New York.
J. B. Lyon Company, Printers Albany, NY 1918.


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