Biography of Oscar L. Southworth
Madison County, NY Biographies





Southworth, Oscar L., M. D., p. o. Leonardsville, N. Y., was born at Edmeston, Otsego county, N. Y., July 21, 1839, a son of Horace and Sophronia (Crumb) Southworth. He is a representative of the fifth generation from the original Southworths who emigrated from England to Plymouth, Mass., in 1628. Joseph Southworth, grandfather of the Doctor, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and died in Edmeston. Horace Southworth, father of the Doctor, was born April 30, 1809. He was a prominent temperance man, a Whig, and later an Abolitionist; was a Captain in the Militia; and cast his first Presidential vote for William Henry Harrison. He was an excellent mechanic, and was engaged in the extensive manufacture and sale of farming implements. He was married to Sophronia, daughter of Joseph Crumb, one of the first settlers of Plainfield, N. Y. Their children were Horace, jr., Lucy A. (both deceased). Susan L., Oscar Lemuel, and Orville W. Dr. O. L. Southworth received his primary education at South Trenton Academy, after which he worked on a farm for his father one year and was engaged as clerk in a store at Leonardsville for several years, paying over the principal part of his wages for that time for the support of his parents. At the age of twenty three he began the study of medicine with D. Chauncey Perkins, of Columbus, N. Y.; and in 1866 was graduated from the Philadelphia University of Medicine and Surgery, since which time he has been in active practice at Leonardsville, and has been eminently successful. In 1867 he became a member of the Eclectic Medical Society and later served as its vice president. He is a Mason, a Republican, is president of the Board of Education of Leonardsville Union School, and served as Supervisor of Plainfield, Otsego county, in 1885 and 1886. October 2, 1862, Dr. Southworth was married to Isiphire J., daughter of Dr. Chauncey Perkins. They have one son, Horace C., who, after graduating from Leonardsville School, entered the Medical Department of the University New York City; at the end of two years failing health compelled him to forego his studies, but after recovering his health, resumed his studies, and graduated at the Medical Department of the University of Chicago. He is also a registered pharmacist, of admitted ability, and a member of the N. Y. State Pharmaceutical Association. At present he is meeting with success in the manufacture and sale of Dr. Southworth's Remedies, and in treating cases by correspondence. He was married to Maud Burdick, and they have one daughter, Mertie Lee.

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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