Biography of Dr. Benjamin C. Wakeley
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Wakeley, Dr. Benjamin C., was born in New Hudson, Allegany county, March 7, 1854. Hiram Wakeley, his father, was a farmer, who is well known as one of the leading Republicans of that county, having served in the Lower House of the State Legislature for two terms, also as supervisor of his town for a number of years. He is still living and is about seventy years old. Benjamin C., the only son of a family of three children, was educated in the common schools, Belfast Academy, and Ten Broeck Free Academy at Franklinville, N. Y. At the age of eighteen he entered a drug store at Cuba, N. Y., where he spent two years. Later he was under the instruction of William M. Smith, health officer of the port of New York, with whom he remained four years at Angelica until 1873. He graduated from the medical department of the Buffalo University in 1876. Dr. Smith was appointed health officer in 1880 and Dr. Wakeley took up the practice left open by him. In 1891 he removed to Hornellsville, where he has established a successful and extensive practice. Shortly after coming here he entered into partnership with Dr. Joseph S. Dolson, which partnership existed until the failing health of the latter compelled him to retire from the profession. The doctor is a member of the Hornellsville Medical Association and of the New York State Medical Association. In 1893 Dr. Wakeley was elected coroner for a term of three years, and in 1892 was appointed city physician and has been reappointed each successive year. He is a member of the Masonic order and is the surgeon of the Central New York & Western Railroad. In 1878 he married Miss Mary Schofield of Angelica, by whom he has two children: Josephine and Martha.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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