Biography of Dr. Edward V. Deuell
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

T-Saratoga County, New York Wills, 1796-1805

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EDWARD VALENCOURT DEUELL, M.D.

EDWARD VALENCOURT DEUELL, M. D., was born in the town of Malta, Saratoga county, N. Y., March 13, 1839. He was educated at Union College, Schenectady, N. Y., and was graduated with the degree of M.D. from the University of Louisville, Ky., in 1863. In that year he was appointed assistant surgeon in General Steele's division, U.S.A., and at the capture of Little Rock, Ark., he was placed in charge of the General U. S. A. Hospital (1,200 beds) at that place, which position he held until the close of the war. He was then appointed surgeon in chief of the district of Arkansas, Bureau of Refugees and Freedmen, and filled that position until 1869. Retiring from the army, he practiced his profession in Little Rock until 1889, when on account of ill health of his family, he removed to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where he has since continued his professional work. During his service as U. S. army surgeon a scourge of epidemic cholera visited his military district, at the close of which Dr. Deuell was officially commended by Surgeon-General 3. K. Barnes, U. S.. A., for his courage, successful treatment, and devotion to duty, he having remained at his post throughout the entire scourge, though deserted by his assistant surgeoñs. He subsequently contributed to the Medical and Surgical History, War of the Rebellion, an article, "Treatment of Cholera by Strychnia in One-tenth Grain Doses," which attracted wide attention.

After a season of careful investigation by him of the European health resorts, Dr. Deuell has recently inaugurated a movement toward the more systematic administration of the Saratoga mineral waters, on the principles existing at Carlsbad and other European Spas, thus departing from the former rule of their indiscriminate use. This movement is preparatory to the establishment of a great sanitarium for this purpose.

Dr. Deuell was a charter member of the first local and State Medical Society organized in Arkansas; a member of the American Medical Association; of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Little Rock; president of the board of U. S. Examining Surgeons, Bureau of Pen sions, through two administrations; late cliniéal assistant to E. C. Seguin, M. D., Manhattan Hospital, New York, and physician to Mar. tha Rest at Saratoga Springs. He is also a member of James B. McKean Post, G.A.R., of Saratoga Springs, and of Theta Delta Chi Alumni Association of Union College.

In 1871 Dr. Deuell married Mary C., only child of Chester Ashley and Sallie Huston Cunningham of Frankfort, Ky., cousin of John J. and Robert Crittenden, eminent in Kentucky statesmanship. Their children are Mrs. G. R. P. Shackelford, David Valencourt, Marguerite Huston, Jean Crittenden and Dorothy Coggeshall.

Dr. Deuell's ancestry embraces colonial and heroic stock of the American Revolution. His father, Ethan Allen Deuell, was the eldest son of Stephen Deuell, first cousin of Ethan Allen, hero of Fort Ticonderoga, for whom he was named. His mother was Ruth Coggeshall, a direct lineal descendant of John Coggeshall, the first colonial governor of Rhode Island.


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