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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.

Jesse Hallenbake

Jesse Hallenbake was the eldest son of Lawrence Halenbake, and was born in the city of Albany, probably about 1808. He studied medicine, and was licensed by the Medical Society of the State ofNew York, in 1831. For a few years he was a partner of Dr. Francis N. Selkirk. His residence was at 104 Washington avenue.

In the summer of 1832, during the prevalence of the cholera, he was actively engaged in taking care of the sick, and when exhausted in the labor of the hospital to which he was attached, he unhesitatingly and without fear of the malady, lay down on the bed by his patient to rest, showing a reckless indifference to the malady or any contagious influence it might possess.

Dr. Hallenbake was a man of good personal appearance. He removed to New Orleans about the year 1836, where he resided for several years, and ultimately died of a disease that had proved the bane of his whole family—consumption. His death occurred about the year 1816. His immediate relatives are all dead, and the family records were destroyed several years ago, so that it is impossible now to fix the dates accurately.

Dr. Hallenbake was never married. A portrait of him, painted just before his removal to New Orleans, is still preserved in the family of his father's widow.

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