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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.

Christopher Columbus Griffin

Christopher Columbus Griffin was born in Albany, on the 30th of August, 1815. His father was John Griffin a mechanic, who was likewise a native of Albany. He became a pupil at the Albany Academy in 1830, where he remained for several years, when he began the study of medicine. He received a license from the Albany County Medical Society, about the year 1843, and became a member of the Society in 1845, and for a time held the office of Librarian.

He served a short time as a private in the cavalry service of the army, but his health was insufficient for such severe duties, and he obtained a discharge from the service.

Dr. Griffin possessed neither the genius nor the education for the medical profession, at the same time he lacked the ability to plan, and the force of character to execute; as a consequence his professional life proved nothing more than a series of failures, and his occasional intemperance frustrated all his good intentions. He was generous, kindhearted, and was without enemies. He was reasonablywell versed in literature, and spent considerable time in reading, to the neglect of every more pressing duty; but be seems to have had no faculty for making a practical use of the knowledge thus acquired. He was likewise fond of the drama, and appreciated its beauties. His life terminated suddenly at Toledo, Ohio, on the 3d of July, 1856, at the age of forty-one years.

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