DR. MAURICE CAVILEER ASHLEY, the present superintendent of the Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital, has occupied
that position since July, 1902, succeeding Dr. Selden H. Talcott, who died June 15, 1902.
Dr. Ashley was born in Port Republic, New Jersey, July 3, 1863. He received his education in the public schools
of that town, and in 1884 began his work with the insane, by taking a position as attendant in the asylum in Trenton,
N. J., where he remained for two years, then came to Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital in the same capacity.
In a year's time he was appointed as assistant supervisor in the Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital, and later
was promoted to the position of pharmacist.
In 1889 he entered the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia, and graduated in April, 1892. In August, 1892,
he was appointed junior assistant physician in the Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital.
His course has steadily advanced since that time: Third assistant physician, 1895: second assistant physician,
May, 1898; first assistant physician, April, 1900; acting superintendent, June 15, 1902, and superintendent since
July, 1902, when he received the appointment to the position left vacant by his predecessor's death.
Dr. Ashley was married August 30, 1888, to Miss Harriet Meade, of Johnson, Orange County, N. Y. He has two daughters
in their early 'teens.
Dr. Ashley was a member of the National Guard, serving in the medical department for nearly twenty years. He resigned
his position as captain and assistant surgeon of the ist New York Regiment in 1907, receiving full and honorable
In May, 1898, Dr. Ashley, then second assistant physician in the Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital, was granted
a leave of absence by the Civil Service Commission and Superintendent Talcott, and was commissioned by Governor
Frank S. Black as captain and assistant surgeon of the ist New York Volunteer Infantry, and accompanied the regiment
He is a member of the American Institute of Homeopathy, of the American Medico-Psychological Association, and the
New York Psychiatric Society, of the Hoffman Lodge No. 412, Midland Chapter No. 240, Cyprus Commandery No. 67,
and Mecca Temple, New York City, the University Club of Middletown, and various other, medical and social organizations.
He has contributed many medical papers from time to time to the various medical publications.
The History of Orange County New York
Edited by: Russel Headley
Van Deusen and Elms, Publishers
Middletown, N. Y. 1908
Orange County, NY
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