Biography of Morris W. Townsend, M.D.


DR. MORRIS W. TOWNSEND was born in Monroe county, N. Y., August 27, 1827, a son of Edmund and Caroline (Scofield) Townsend. He received his education in the common schools, and at the age of seventeen years began teaching, which occupation he followed for several years. During this time he began the study of medicine, and in 1853 he was graduated from Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, Pa. In 1858 he settled in the village of Bergen.

Dr. Townsend is one of the best known physicians in Genesee county, having been in practice in Bergen for forty years. He always has been an active, energetic man, a close student keeping in touch with the progress in his profession; his standing as a physician is high, and his knowledge and judgment are much depended upon. In December, 1861, he answered the governor's call for field physicians, enlisting in the 47th N. Y.Vols., was afterward transferred to the 44th; he was detailed as operating surgeon in the field, the arduous duties of which post he faithfully sustained for nearly three years, and was mustered out in October, 1864.

Dr. Townsend has not only been active in the line of his profession, but has taken a keen and active interest in the political affairs of his town and county. He is a member of the New York Medical Association and the American Medical Association.

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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