Biography of Morris J. Davies
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Morris J. Davies has attained his majority in the practice of medicine, having for twenty one years been a well known representative of the profession in Utica. In the so called "learned professions" advancement depends entirely upon individual effort as the expression of intellectual attainment and correct utilization of knowledge, and Mr. Davies has long since demonstrated his right to take his place with the foremost representatives of those professions in Oneida county. His birth occurred in Plainfield, Otsego county, New York, January 18, 1865, his parents being David and Margaret (Richards) Davies, who were natives of Wales and became residents of Oneida county in 1879, settling in Paris. In 1887 they removed to Waterville.

Dr. Davies began his education in the public schools of Plainfield and subsequently entered the West Winfield Academy prior to becoming a student of the Utica Business College, from which he was graduated with the class of 1886. In the meantime he had taken up the profession of teaching at the age of seventeen years, following that occupation altogether for five years in order to meet the expenses of his college course. Inclination turned him toward the study of medicine, which he pursued in the fall of 1886 under the direction of Dr. A. A. Moors, of West Winfield, New York, while subsequently he was under the preceptorship of Dr. T. Z Jones, of Waterville. His more advanced training was received in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the medical department of Columbia College of New York city, from which he was graduated on the 11th of June, 1890, entering upon the practice of medicine in Utica on the 1st of August of the same year. In the intervening period covering more than two decades he has made substantial progress, long since passing beyond the point of mediocrity and winning a place among the most successful few. His graduation did not indicate the terminator of his studies. He has continuously pursued his investigation, reading and research, and has kept in touch with the advanced thought of the medical fraternity through his membership in the New York State Medical Society, the Oneida County Medical Society and the Utica Medical Club, of which he is a charter member, while from 1893 until 1895 he served as its secretary and treasurer and in March of the latter year was elected to the presidency for a year's term. He has served on the staff of physicians of Faxton Hospital since 1891 and also on the staff of the General Hospital and is enjoying an extensive private practice, which constitutes the foundation of a. well deserved prosperity.

On the 27th of October, 1891, Dr. Davies was married to Miss Mina M. Parkhurst, a daughter of William H. Parkhurst, of West Winfield, and to them were born six children, namely, Margaret L., Louise Moore, Stewart Johnson, Horace P., Jane Catharine and Stanley Parkhurst, who is deceased.

Dr. Davies is connected with several fraternal organizations, including Samuel Reed Lodge, No. 378, K. P., of which he is past chancellor, and belongs to the Uniform Rank of that order. He was on the colonel's staff of the Second Regiment, serving as surgeon with the rank of major. He is a member of Faxton Lodge, No. 697, F. & A. M.; Oneida Chapter, No. 57, R. A. M.; Utica Commandery, No 3, K. T.; and Ziyara Temple of the Mystic Shrine, all of Utica; and Mokanna Grotto, No. 1, of Hamilton, New York. He is a member and court physician of Court Fort Schuyler, No. 1510, I. O. O. F., and has been high physician and past high chief ranger of that order for the state. He also belongs to the Arcanum Club, is first vice president of the Republican Club and served as United States pension examiner since the fall of 1901.

It has been said that the demands made upon a physician are perhaps greater than upon any other representative' of the professions: he must possess comprehensive scientific knowledge, combined with the qualities that enable him to make practical use of his learnings; he must possess also the courtesy and cordiality of the cultured man in social circles, combined with ready sympathy and hopefulness that is contagious. That Dr. Davies is lacking in none of these essential requirements is manifest by the extensive practice accorded him and the honors and high regard expressed for him on every hand.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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