Biography of George B. Farnsworth
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

GEORGE BRIGHAM FARNSWORTH, M. D., now stands as one of the oldest men of his profession in the Brooklyn district of Cleveland, where he established himself in practice more than forty five years ago, 1879, when Brooklyn was an independent village. He has been concerned closely with the development and progress of this part of the present West Side of Cleveland, has long maintained high prestige in his profession and is a loyal and honored citizen who is specially entitled to representation in this history.

Doctor Farnsworth was born in the Village of Fleming, Cayuga County, New York, June 23, 1854, and is a son of Whitcomb and Harriet (Fancher) Farnsworth, both likewise natives of the old Empire State, where they were reared and educated and where their marriage was solemnized. Doctor Farnsworth was an infant at the time of his father's death, and the widowed mother thereafter came with her children to Painesville, Lake County, Ohio, in which attractive city Doctor Farnsworth was reared to adult age, his early educational advantages having been those of the public schools of Painesville. In initiating his study of medicine he went to Aurora, Illinois, where he carried forward his studies under the preceptorship of his maternal uncle, Dr. L. R. Brigham. Upon his return to Ohio he entered the medical department (then established in Cleveland) of Wooster University, and in this well ordered institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1879. Upon thus receiving his degree of Doctor of Medicine he established an office at what is now the corner of West Twenty fifth and Denison Avenue, the former street having at that time been a part of old Pearl Street. In this location he has since continued his office headquarters, but physical conditions in the immediate community have greatly changed in the passing years. The former Village of Brooklyn is now an integral part of the City of Cleveland, and the thriving district in which Doctor Farnsworth has his office is now one of the well built up business sections of the Forest City. He now has the distinction of being, in both age and years of continuous practice here, the oldest physician on the South Side of Cleveland, and he has long controlled a large, appreciative and representative professional clientage, indicating his ability, his faithful service and his personal popularity. The Doctor has taken loyal and constructive interest in the measures and enterprises that have marked the splendid development of his section of the city, and has long been influential in community affairs. In former years he served as a member of the Board of Health and as president of the Board of Education of the Village of Brooklyn, and for a term of years he was leader of the choir and superintendent of the Sunday School of the Brooklyn Memorial Church. Later he held similar positions in the Congregational Church in this community.

Doctor Farnsworth is a charter member of the Cleveland Academy of Medicine, and holds membership also in the Ohio State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He has held various official positions in the various Masonic bodies with which he is affiliated, including Brooklyn Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and Forest City Commandery of Knights Templars. He has received also the thirty second degree of the Scottish Rite of Masonry, and is affiliated with the Order of the Eastern Star as a past officer.

For his first wife Doctor Farnsworth wedded Mrs. Alice (Clark) Fish, widow of Edwin Fish, two children having been born of this union, Howard, who died in infancy, and Paul Irving, who died, aged thirty five years, and was survived by his widow and one son, Paul I., Jr. For his second wife the Doctor married Miss Lucy Fish.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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