Dr. Samuel E. Schantz was born in the province of Ontario, Canada, and was a graduate of a medical college
of Toronto and Harvard University. He began his professional career, however, in the United States. At the time
of the Civil war he enlisted as a surgeon but was obliged to leave the front at the end of two years' service,
having contracted camp fever. He became assistant to John P. Gray in the State Hospital at Utica and in 1868 was
made superintendent of the State Hospital of Minnesota, to which state he took his bride, Miss Louise G. Graham,
a native of Utica, whom he had wedded on the 21st of May, 1868. He died the same year at St. Peter, Minnesota,
on August 22d and Mrs. Schantz returned to Utica, where she has resided continuously since. On occasion of his
untimely demise one of the local papers comments as follows: "Dr. Samuel E. Schantz was called two years since
to be superintendent of the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane. He was discharging his difficult and responsible
office with great success and his death is announced by the secular papers of the state in terms of profound regret.
Of a cultured mind, a kind heart, and gentle manners he attracted the regard of all he met." Mrs. Schantz
has one daughter, Mrs. Cornelia Graham Mackenzie, of Elizabeth, New Jersey.
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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