Fifteen years ago Dr. Varney Bernard Hamlin first became affiliated with the medical fraternity of Clinton.
During that period he has established a place for himself, and has become recogthzed as one of the thoroughly reliable
and efficient physicians of the village. He is a native of Oneida county, having been born in Oriskany Falls on
the 3d of December, 1869. He is a son of Dr. Charles W. and Dora A. (Varney) Hamlin, the father a native of Oneida
and the mother of Herkimer county. Dr. Charles W. Hamlin, who for twenty seven years was engaged in the practice
of medicine in Middleville, Herkimer county, this state, was a direct descendant of Giles Hamlin who emigrated
from England to the colonies in 1650, while Dr. Hamlin's father, Joseph S. Hamlin settled in this county in 1810.
Reared in the parental home Varney Bernard Hamlin obtained his elementary education in the public schools, after
the completion of which he was sent to the military school at Tivoli on the Hudson to complete his academic studies.
Having decided long previously that he would adopt the profession of his father for his life vocation Dr. Biamlin
matriculated at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, which is affiliated with Columbia University of New York
city, from which institution he was awarded the degree of doctor of medicine with the class of 1893. Following
his graduation he served as interne in a New York hospital for one year and came to Clinton, where he established
an office and engaged in practicing. In the choice of a profession Dr. Hamlin very happily selected the one for
which he unquestionably was best adapted, possessing the mental qualification as well as the personality and pleasing
manner so essential to success in this vocation.
Dr. Hamlin was married on the 27th of March, 1894, in New York city to Miss Alma Donaldson Hoffman who is a native
of that city as were her parents, Frank and Margaret (Donaldson) Hoffman. Two children have been born to them,
a son and a daughter, Charles Hoffman and Anna Gertrude.
The religious affiliation of the family is with the Episcopal denomination of which Dr. and Mrs. Hamlin are communicants.
His fraternal relations are confined to his membership in the Masonic fraternity, his local identification being
with Clinton Lodge, No. 169, A. F. & A. M. He also belongs to the Skenandoali Club, while he maintains relations
with his fellow practitioners through the medium of the Oneida County Medical Society and the New York State Medical
Society, in both of which he holds membership. In politics a republican Dr. Hamlin always casts his ballot for
the candidates of that body, he takes an active interest in all municipal affairs, particularly those of a governmental
nature, and has served as trustee of the village. A man of broad general culture and scholarly instincts Dr. Hamlin
is one of the progressive representatives of his profession, the standards of which he is constantly striving to
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
Oneida County, NY
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