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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.

James Wade

James Wade was a son of James and Mary (Upham) Wade, and was born in West Springfield, Massachusetts, on the 5th day of June, 1789. His mother was the daughter of Rev. Edward Upham. His father served as a soldier in the revolutionary war, and was present at the battle of Bunker Hill. James received a common school education, and some instruction in Latin. At the age of seventeen he had grown restless at home, and did what boys sometimes use to do, run away. He came to Albany, where he was obliged to rely on his own enterprise and industry; he therefore hired to a farmer and worked during the summer, and in the winter taught a common school. This business, in summer and winter he alternated for a number of years. Meanwhile he had made the acquaintance of Dr. Samuel McClearney of Schenectady, and began the study of medecine with him. He was licensed by the Schenectady County Medical Society on the 27th of November, 1812, but continued the occupation of teaching in the town of Watervliet until an epidemic sickness in the neighborhood made such a demand upon his service as to oblige him to relinquish his school. He then settled in Niskayuna, Schenectady county, where his knowledge and skill were to be put to the test.

It proved fortunate that the plan of treatment he adopted in typhoid pneumonia, many cases of which came under his care, was remarkably successful, and the reputation this acquired brought him at an early period into active life. So rapidly did business grow upon his hands that at the end of the first year he had not only made his living, paid several debts, but laid up from his earnings one thousand dollars. It was a large amouut for those times, and speaks well for the good people among whom he lived, who paid their doctor so promptly. They deserve unmeasurable praise.

In 1829 Dr. Wade removed to the town of Watervliet, in Albany county, where he has ever since resided, and where for many years he was in the full tide of a large and lucrative practice, which extended in the adjoining counties of Schenectady and Saratoga, and embraced a large consultation business.

Dr. Wade received the degree of doctor of medicine from the Medical College at Castleton, Vermont, in 1836. He employed all possible time in reading, and is a man of general information not only in his profession but in political economy and government. He continued in active life for forty-eight years until 1860, having been a useful and honored citizen. Of his children three sons survive: Dr. Ezekiel M. Wade, who succeeded his father and is now a physician in Watervliet; James Wade, Jr., a Lawyer in Cleveland, Ohio; and Edward Wade, Esq., a lawyer in Albany. Two brothers reside in Ohio: Edward Wade, member of Congress from 1852 to 1860; and the Hon. B. F. Wade, for many years United States Senator.

Dr. Wade survives at the age of seventy-five years in mental and physical health, and surrounded by the comforts that reward a life of industry.

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