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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 Stringer Treat

Samuel Stringer Treat, the second son of Richard S. Treat, and grandson of Dr. Samuel Stringer, 1 a surgeon of distinction in the American army, was born in Albany in 1799. He enjoyed the best advantages the city afforded for laying the foundation of his education, and he commenced the study of his profession in the office of his grandfather. He afterwards attended medical instruction at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and graduated in 1822, and the same year united with this Society.

Dr. Treat was a man of more than ordinary intellect, of a quiet, retiring disposition, and with only a moderate love for the perplexities of the profession he had chosen. Inheriting the ample estate of his grandfather he felt none of that necessity that stimulates and presses young men into the arena of professional life. He was for a short time the partner of Dr. Eights, and gained the esteem and confidence of his patrons; this was perhaps less on account of his attainments and skill as a physician, than the natural result of intelligence combined with amiability, gentle and winning manners. He was companionable, generous and warm hearted; his conversation was spiced with wit and humor. He was tall and slender in person, and his dress exhibited extreme neatness; indeed there was something in his appearance, meet him when and where you might, that would have impressed even a stranger with the conviction that he was a gentleman. His social excellencies endeared him to a large circle of friends. He was a good student and fond of literature, but had no particular love for the sciences.

The ordeal to professional distinction was not passed when he became a victim to disease of the lungs, of which he died on the 29th of February, 1832, at the age of thirty-three years.

He died in the communion of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

1 Died, July 11, 1817, Dr. Samuel Stringer, in the 83d year of his age. He was a native of the state of Maryland, but acquired his medical education in Philadelphia. In 1755 he received an appointment in the medical department of the British army. In 1758 he accompanied the Army under Abercrombie, and was present when Lord Howe fell in advancing to the siege of Ticonderoga. At the conclusion of the French war he settled in Albany, in the practice of his profession, in which he continued until the commencement of the revolution, when he was appointed by congress director general of the hospitals in the northern department, and accompanied the troops in the invasion of the British dominions in Canada. He closed a long course of successful practice as an eminent physician and surgeon, in the discharge of every Christian duty as an humble servant and follower of the Messiah. Munsell's Annals of Albany.

Dr. Stringer always adhered to the style of dress incident to the old school gentleman. He wore the cocked hat, the tight breeches, the shoes with large buckles.

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