Biography of Manuel V. Sylvia
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Sylvia, Manuel V., physician and surgeon. was born in New Bedford, Mass., August 24, 1866, a son of Victorine and Anna (Demello) Sylvia. His father, who spent most of his active life at sea, made New Bedford his home for many years and still resides there. He is a native of the Azores Islands. During his early boyhood Dr. Sylvia attended the common schools of New Bedford and later the St. Lawrence College, near Montreal, Canada, from which he was graduated. Following the completion of this course of study he spent two years in the Holy Cross College at Worcester, Mass., and soon after matriculated at the University of New York, from which he was graduated M. D. in 1891. He had now spent several years in preparation for and study of his profession, and was well fitted for the active practice which he at once took up in New Bedford. From the first Dr. Sylvia has been very successful. and has an extensive practice among the Portuguese people of New Bedford. Although a young man he has already become a prominent figure in Republican political circles, and during the last two years has been president of the Board of Aldermen, by virtue of whicb position he has at different times during the illness, or absence of the incumbent, served as acting mayor for considerable periods. Dr. Sylvia is a prominent member of the Monte Pio Society and served the organization for some time as vice president. He is unmarried.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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