Biography of Henry W. Carpenter
Madison County, NY Biographies





Carpenter, Henry W., M. D., is one of the oldest practitioners of medicine in Madison county. He was born in Marcy, Oneida county, N.Y.,June 26, 1834, a son of Albert and Maria (Ashby) Carpenter. His great grandfather, Deacon Stephen Carpenter was a Revolutionary soldier of English parentage, a native of Cheshire, Mass., where he died in 1827. George W. Carpenter, a son of Deacon Stephen Carpenter, was born in Cheshire, Mass., June 8, 1780. He married Mary Horton of Scituate, R. I., and with his young bride was one of the earliest settlers of Oneida county Albett Carpenter, their son, was the father of Dr. Carpenter. He was born and reared on a farm near Whitesboro and died in middle life. Of his union with Maria Ashby were four children: George W., a banker in Fargo, N. D.; Henry W., Deloss A., who resides in Rome, N. Y.; and Amy J., Mrs. Kirkland, living in Forest Port, N. Y. As a youth Dr. Carpenter attended the district schools and assisted in the farm work; at the age of seventeen he began to teach school, and during his third term, while in Rome, began the study of medicine under Dr. Sturdevant. In the fall of 1853 he went to Ann Arbor, Mich., where he attended a course of lectures, and in the following spring went to Holland Patent in which place he continued his medical studies with Dr. Crane, later taking a course in medicine at Albany. In 1857-58 he attended the University of the City of New York, where he graduated, M. D., with the class of 1858. He began practice in Holland Patent the same year, forming an association with Dr. Crane which lasted four years. During the Civil war he served as assistant surgeon and surgeon of the 117th N. Y. Vols.; he also served as acting brigade surgeon and was president of a medical examining board. When peace was declared he returned home, and in March. 1865, settled in Oneida, where he has enjoyed a lucrative practice; he has achieved wide reputation as an expert in difficult cases of surgery and his practice extends over a considerable amount of territory. Dr. Carpenter is well known to the profession and has been a frequent contributor to medical publications, especial]y the American Medical Association Journal and the New York Medical Record. He is a member of the Oneida County Medical Society, the Madison County Medical Society, of which he has been vice president and president, the New York State Medical Association, Medical Society of the State of New York, the American Medical Association, Central New York Medical Association (president in 1897), the Pan American Medical Congress, and the International Medical Congress. As a citizen he hasbeen prominent in promoting the prosperity of Oneida. and has held many positions of public trust, serving as village trustee and president; for six years as coroner of the county, as pension examiner on the Oneida board for fifteen years. and in 1874 as member of Assembly from this district. He has also served as president of the Oneida Business Mens' Club, as president of the Oneida Chamber of Commerce, (1890-94) as president of the Glenwood Cemetery Association, and in 1898 was elected president of the Madison County Historical Society. Fraternally he is a Mason of high degree, holding membership in Done Chapter of Oneida and Rome Commandery. He has also been prominent in the G. A. R., served on the staff of State Commander General Harrison Clark, and in 1890 was elected medical director of the State of New York. He has done much to promote the welfare of the veterans. Dr. Carpenter first married Augusta La Moine Rollo, who died leaving one daughter, the late Mrs. Frederick B. Cheney of Oneida. About two years after the death of his first wife he married her sister, Emma Louisa Rollo.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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