Dr. William Powell, engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in Utica, his ability being attested by
the success which is attending his efforts, was born in the town of Western, June 11, 1856, and is a representative
of one of the oldest and best known Oneida county families. His parents were P. D. and Elizabeth (Grems) Powell,
the former a lineal descendant of the Long Island family of that name, the ancestry being traced back to Thomas
Powell, who when quite young came from Wales to the new world in the year 1641. Dr. Powell of this review is numbered
among his descendants of the seventh generation. The family has been represented in Oneida county for more than
a century, the grandfather of the Doctor having arrived in 1806, at which time he took up his abode at Quaker Hill
where P. D. Powell and his son William were both born. Along lines of usefulness the family have put fourth activity
that has constituted a valuable contribution to the material development of the county and the upbuilding of its
Dr. Powell completed his literary education in Rome Academy and afterward entered the Long Island College Hospital
at Brooklyn, New York, where he won his professional degree upon his graduation with the class of 1881. The following
year he entered upon active practice in Turin, Lewis county, New York, and afterward spent a year in the west.
Subsequently he opened an office at New York Mills, in Oneida county, but seeking a broader field of labor came
to Utica in 1891. In the two decades which have since passed his professional duties have been discharged so ably
and with such a sense of conscientious obligation that his patronage has steadily increased and he is now numbered
among the foremost physicians of his adopted city.
In March, 1893, Dr. Powell was married to Miss Cora Elizabeth Hatfield, who died in 1894. Few interests outside
of his profession have claimed his time and attention. He has always preferred to concentrate his activity upon
the duties of the life work which he has chosen and in keeping in touch with the advancement of the medical fraternity
he holds membership with the Utica Medical Library Association, the Oneida County Medical Society and the New York
State Medical Society.
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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