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This biography is from ANNALS of the Medical Society of the County of Albany, 1806-1851, by Sylvester D. Willard, M. D.

Ten Eyck Gansevoort

Ten Eyck Gansevoort was the youngest son of Conrad Gansevoort, of Albany. He was born, however, in Minden, Montgomery county, N. Y., on the 5th of January, 1803. He was educated at Union College, and graduated with some distinction as a scholar, in 1822. He presently commeuced the study of medicine in the office of Dr. Charles D. Townsend, and was graduated in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, in 1825. For a number of years he pursued his profession in this city, and became a member of this Society. Subsequently he removed to Bath, in the county of Steuben, where he rose to a prominent rank as a physician and surgeon: throughout the. county his services were widely sought. As an operator in surgery he had a considerable degree of skill. Dr. Gansevoort had a well balanced mind, a correct judgment, and a good knowledge of medical literature. There was no rashness, or love of novelty in him, and he was considered emphatically a safe and reliable practitioner. But there is nothing so attractive in the physical labors, mental anxieties, and professional responsibilities of a physician as to lead men willingly to assume them. Necessity is the strongest motive to such duties. In a new and mountainous country, great fatigue and exposure is inseparable from the practice of medicine; and possessed of a comfortable fortune, Dr. Gransevoort very naturally began to limit his professional duties to the circle of his relatives and friends; meanwhile he became largely interested in mercantile and other business operations. Thus, with health hitherto uninterrupted, and everything around him by which to make his life useful and desirable, in September, 1843, he was attacked with Typhus fever; the disease advanced to a fatal termination. He had not quite completed his fortieth year. A member of the Steuben county bar says of him :

"By the liberality and generosity of his conduct towards all with whom he had associations, and which were marked traits of his character; by his probity as a citizen, the simplicity of his manners, his kindness of heart and many amiable virtues, Dr. Gransevoort won the regard of all who knew him."

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