Biography of Dr. Washington Akin
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Akin, Washington, M. D., was born in Pittstown, N. Y., August 22, 1835. His father, John Akin, was also born in Pittstown in 1811; he removed to Johnsonville where for many years he was deputy sheriff. His mother, Jane (Button) Akin of Pittstown, died in March, 1891. Washington Akin secured his classical education at the Cambridge Academy, Cambridge, N. Y., where he graduated, and in 1855 removed to Sandy Hill, Washington county, and began the study of medicine with Dr. William H. Miller; afterwards he studied with Dr. A. Hill of Buskirk's Bridge, and in September, 1856, he came to Troy and entered the office of Dr. Reed B. Bontecou and remained with him until he graduated from the Albany Medical College in 1858; he then began practice in Troy. In 1862 he joined the 125th Regiment, N. Y. Vols., as assistant surgeon, and was at the battle of Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Siege of Petersburg, and at the surrender of General Lee at Appomattox, Va. He has served as city physician, jail physician, police surgeon for twelve years, and at present president of the Board of Examining Surgeons for Pensions. He has served as president of the Rensselaer County Medical Society, also its secretary. He belongs to the American Medical Association, and the Troy Scientific Association. He is attending physician of the Marshall Infirmary, and one of its governors. He has been attending physician at the Sisters' Hospital. He is vestryman of Christ's church. In 1866 he married Miss Margaret Euphemie Blaisdell of Coeymans, Albany county. They have had three children, two of whom are living: Josephine, married George F. Houghton of. North Bennington, Vt.; Isabella. at home; and Winthrop, who died at the age of one year.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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