Biography of Dr. Edwin J. Fiske
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Fiske, Edwin Jay, M. D., was born in Rome, N. Y., December 26, 1848. His father, Squire Gilbert Fiske, born in Connecticut, was a descendant of Symond Fiske (lord of the manor of Stadhaugh, Suffolk county, England), and removed with his father to Rome, N. Y., in early life, and in 1850 went to Oswego, N. Y., where he engaged in general teaming, and later marine commission business, which he continued until time of his death in 1880. The doctor's mother was Christiana M. Borst, born in Johnstown, N. Y., of German parents, her father being John Borst, a very well known business man in Mohawk Valley. The doctor began school life in Oswego, leaving the High School in 1866, and soon after was a student two years at Falley Seminary, Oswego county. The doctor was a clerk in the Oswego post office in 1864 and part of 1865, and at the time of President Lincoln's assassination. On February 22, 1868. he came to Albany and began the study of medicine; he at once entered the office of the late Dr. Alden March, founder of the Albany Medical College, and remained with him until the time of his death in 1869. May 10, 1870, he came to Troy as medical assistant at the Marshall Infirmary, where he remained four years, attending during the time in 1871 his last year of lectures at the Albany Medical College, graduating in the class of 1871, and on the anniversary of his birthday, May 10, 1874, the doctor was appointed by William Kemp, then mayor, and without application or knowledge of such an office, city physician, which office he accepted, and removed soon after from the infirmary to his first office No. 72 Second street. Four years later he resigned this office to accept a position on the Medical Brief. He was after made editor of this publication, which position he held until in 1880, his health failed. He soon recovered and returned to Troy, where he has since enjoyed a very large practice. The doctor was one of the original members of the Citizens Corps, and amember of the Rensselaer County Medical Society, the Medical Society of Troy and Vicinity, and honorary member of the Albany County Medical Society. He was married, in September, 1894, to Miss Harriet A. Newton, of Albany, N. Y.

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


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