The practice of medicine presents an inviting field to ambitious and capable young men and, each year witnesses
new accessions to a profession which is one of the most useful and honorable of employments. Oneida county can
claim many capable practitioners who stand very high in the estimation of the people and among this class belongs
Dr. Dean Samuel Harrison, of Whitesboro. He was born in Mount Vision, Otsego county, New York, December
30, 1874, a son of Harland and Martha Jane (Shove) Harrison. The immigrant ancestors of these two families arrived
in America from West Kirby, England, in 1637 and settled in Massachusetts and Connecticut, where their descendants
for generations engaged in farming.
Dr. Harrison enjoyed good opportunities of education and was graduated at Wyoming Seminary, a noted institution
of Kingston, Pennsylvania, in 1894. He taught school for several years but, having decided to devote his attention
to the practice of the healing art, he entered the Albany (N. Y.) Medical College, pursuing the regular course,
and was graduated with the degree of M. D. in 1899. He began practice at Frankfort, New York, and continued there
for two years. He then located at New York Mills, where he has since successfully engaged in general practice as
a physician and surgeon for a period of ten years. On July 1, 1911 Dr. Harrison removed to Whitesboro. He is interested
in all activities working for the advancement of the medical profession and is a valued member of the Utica Medical
Library Association, the Oneida County Medical Society and the New York State Medical Society.
On June 19, 1900, Dr. Harrison was married to Miss Jennie Ostrander, a daughter of John Ostrander, of Onondaga
county, New York, and they are the parents of three children: Irmagarde, who was born October 8, 1902, and died
in 1903; Harlon, who was born February 22, 1906; and Doris, born May 1, 1908. Dr. Harrison is an indefatigable
medical student and aside from his professional reading and researches he has devoted several years to the preparation
of a genealogy of the Harrison family. The work is nearly completed and is a monument to his industry and perseverance.
He is a member of Oriental Lodge, A. F. & A. M., and the Royal Arcanum. He is a stanch believer in the authority
of Holy Writ and is an active worker in the Methodist Episcopal church of New York Mills, being a member of the
board of trustees of that organization. A man of fine education, pleasing address and unimpeachable character,
he ranks among the leaders in his profession in Oneida county. With the progress of years the circle of his influence
has steadily widened, and he can look forward to still larger opportunities for usefulness in years to come. That
he has met with well deserved success is the opinion of all who know him.
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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