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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.

Samuel Humphries

Samuel Humphries, was the son of William Humphries, a respectable mechanic, who came from England at the close of the last century, and settled in Albany, where Samuel was born about the year 1800. He was a pupil in medicine with Dr. James McNaughton, and was prepared by him for his examination before the Censors of the State Medical Society, from which he received his license in 1821. His professional career began in Albany, but he removed to New York, and during the years 1824 1825 he had an apothecary shop in connection with his office. He returned to Albany, for a short residence in 1828, but soon afterwards went to Norfolk, Virginia, where he remained about two years; about this time he entered into an engagement with the American Colonization Society, and sailed for Liberia, with a vessel fitted out with colored emigrants. He arrived with his mission, but in a few months afterwards he fell a victim to pulmonary disease, which was doubtless in its incipient stages when he left America, and he died in Africa about 1832. The intelligence of his death was sent back to his friends by the physician of the colony. It is not supposed that Dr. Humphries, went on this mission from any special partiality to the cause but for the opportunity for business, and possibly for the change of climate which failing health admonished him to seek.

Dr. Humphries was twice married but left no children.

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