Samuel W. Close, M. D. - In the general practice of medicine at Gouverneur for the past 45 years, and as secretary
of the St. Lawrence County Medical Society since 1888, Dr. Close is highly esteemed by the medical profession and
the general public, whose interests he has faithfully served. He was born at Toronto, Ont., May 2, 1857, the son
of John R. and Sarah A. (McArtney) Close.
John R. Close was born at Carrick Fergus, Ireland, Oct. 2, 1821, and died Aug. 8, 1889. He was head master of a
school near Belfast, N. Y., for a number of years, and had studied medicine for three years in Scotland. He emigrated
to the United States in 1848 and four years later removed to Toronto. He returned to New York, however, in 1864,
and settled in St. Lawrence County, where he spent the remainder of his life as a farmer. His wife was born on
a sailing vessel, being of Scotch-Irish parentage, July 11, 1830. She died Nov. 19, 1910, and is buried in Bayside
Cemetery, Potsdam, N. Y. Mr. Close was a Republican and held membership in the Presbyterian Church. There were
six children in the Close family: 1. Samuel W., the subject of this sketch. 2. Mary Louise, deceased. 3. Sarah
J., married Elmer Daggett, lives at Massena, N. Y. 4. Robert J. 5. Fred, deceased 6. George, lives at Stockholm,
John R. Close was the son of Robert and Mary Ann (Russell) Close, who were natives of Carrick Fergus, Ireland.
Both are buried at Potsdam, N. Y. He was a 32nd degree Mason. His wife claimed relationship to Prime Minister Russell
After his graduation from the public schools of Stockholm, St. Lawrence County, Samuel W. Close attended Potsdam
Normal School. In 1885 he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine at New York University, now Bellevue Hospital,
and Medical College. After a year in practice at Potsdam Dr. Close opened offices at Gouverneur Dec. 4, 1886. He
has served for many years as local health officer and school director, and is secretary of the staff of Stephen
VanDuzee Hospital. He also belongs to the New York State Medical Society and American Medical Association.
On June 16, 1886, Dr. Close married Miss Clara A. Smith, the daughter of Elias S. and Alison (Storied) Smith. The
former was born at Gouverneur, Oct. 8, 1820, and died Oct. 2, 1886. His wife was born at Hammond, N. Y., March
7, 1821, and died Oct. 5, 1908. Their marriage took place April 7, 1842. Both are buried at Gouverneur. Doctor
and Mrs. Close have three daughters: 1. Alison Jean, a graduate of Gouverneur High School, Oswego State Normal
School; and attended Syracuse University. She is a teacher at Rutherford, N. J. 2. Dorothy Louise, a graduate of
Gouverneur High School and Wells College. She is secretary to the superintendent of Bloomingdale Hospital, White
Plains, N. Y. 3. Clara Catherine, a graduate of Gouverneur High School and Wells College. She is a teacher at Elizabeth,
Dr. Close is a Republican, an elder of the Presbyterian Church, and is affiliated with Gouverneur Lodge, F. and
A. M. No. 217. He also belongs to the Chamber of Commerce.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932