Biography of Horace S. Hutchins, M.D.


DR. HORACE S. HUTCHINS was born in Manlius, Onondaga county, N. Y., January 5, 1829. His parents were among the pioneers of Onondaga county, moving there from New England, but soon after the birth of Dr. Hutchins they removed to Madison county. His father died in 1871, at the residence of Dr. Hutchins in Batavia.

Dr. Hutchins was prepared for college at Hamilton Academy, and was graduated from Madison University (now Colgate University) with the degree of A. B., later receiving that of A. M. His first academic work was as teacher of mathematics in the Ladies' Seminary at Hamilton, N. Y., where he remained two years, and then served as principal of Peterboro Academy one year, during which time he also pursued the study of medicine. At this time, wishing to restore his health, which had been somewhat impaired by a too close application to work and devotion to his medical studies, and also impelled by a desire to see more of the world, in 1853 he went on an ocean voyage, spent some time in Central America, and, crossing the Isthmus, accompanied the United States Coast Survey Expedition along the coasts of Mexico and California to San Francisco and thence to Nevada City, Cal. During his residence in the latter city he was one of many who engaged in the struggle for the supremacy of law and order, when the famous Vigilance Committee gathered in sufficient number to awe and overpower the criminal element, thus establishing the authority of the State government.

He remained in Nevada City three years, engaged in school work and the practice of medicine. In 1857 he returned east, and went into business with his brother Harvey in Buffalo. The same year (1857) he was married to Harriet M., daughter of Corrington Babeock. In 1859 he removed to Batavia where he continued the practice of medicine. In the fall of 1860 he went to New York to review his medical studies and engage in hospital practice, and there received his degree the following year. Returning to Batavia, he resumed his practice, now covering a period of nearly forty years.

Dr. Hutchins has served as vice-president of the New York State Homoeopathic Medical Society; is a member of the American Institute of Homoeopathy; is president of the Western New York Medical Society; and is one of the Alumni Association of the New York Romoeopathic Medical College and Hospital. For many years he has been a director and valued counselor in the banking interests of Batavia. He has always been active in the promotion of the cause of education, and for nearly ten years he was president of the Board of Education. Politically Dr. Hutchins has been a Republican since the organization Of the party. In Masonry he has attained the degree of Knight Templar. For thirty-five years Dr. Hutchins has been a member of and held various official relations in the First Baptist Church of Batavia.

Two children have been born to Dr. and Mrs. Hutchins: Eleanora, wife of Dr. John W. La Seur of Batavia, and Fannie E., wife Charles A. Cooley of Nunda, N. Y.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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