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     DR. HENRY W. CARPENTER. This well-known and popular gentleman is one of the oldest practitioners of medicine in Madison County. He was born in Marcy, Oneida County, June 26, 1834, and, like most of the young men there, was brought up to agricultural pursuits. He received his early education at the common schools, alternating his studies with assisting in the work on the farm.
   The great-grandfather of Dr. Carpenter was Deacon Stephen Carpenter, a Revolutionary soldier of English parentage. He was born in Cheshire, Mass., and died there in 1827. He had taken a prominent part in the struggle of the colonies against the tyranny of Great Britain, and fought bravely under the banner of liberty. The following item, taken from the "History of Cheshire, Mass.," illustrates in part his experiences: "Lieutenant Amos Prindle of Captain Brown's company stood side by side with Deacon Stephen Carpenter of New Providence, when the latter saw a man behind the Tory breastworks raise his gun, take aim, and fire at Prindle, who fell dead at the feet of Carpenter. The next instant Carpenter had sent a shot crashing through the brain of the Tory, and saw him fall. Then the battle swept on, hiding the enemy from view. On going over the field next day, Carpenter found, as he expected, the next-door neighbor of Prindle, an avowed Tory, stretched in death on the field with the slain. His retribution had been swift and sure, and he must have met his victim ere he left the battlefield."
   George W. Carpenter, son of Deacon Stephen and grandfather of our subject, was born in Cheshire, Mass., June 8, 1780. He grew up a farmer, and married in Massachusetts Miss Mary Horton, who was a native of Scituate, R.I. After their marriage, and in an early day, George W. Carpenter, with his young bride, migrated to the Empire State, and settled in Marcy, Oneida County, where he died at about the age of thirty. His widow was afterward married to Asa Crane, with whom she lived happily for many years, Mr. Crane dying at the age of ninety-four, and Mrs. Crane w hen ninety-three. They were much respected, and had many friends in Oneida County.
   Albert Carpenter, the father of Dr. Carpenter, was born and reared on a farm in Oneida County near Whitesboro, and died in middle life, at forty-eight years of age. His wife, the mother of our subject, was of Scotch parentage, and lived to the age of sixty-five years. They had four children, namely: George W., a banker in Fargo, Dak.; Henry W.; Deloss A., who resides in Rome, N. Y.; and Amy J., Mrs. Kirkland, living in Forest Port, N. Y.
   At the age of seventeen Henry W. Carpenter began to teach school, and during his third term, while in Rome, entered upon the study of medicine with Dr. Sturdevant of that place. From there he went, in the fall of 1856; to Ann Arbor, Mich., where he attended a course of lectures, and in the following spring went to Holland Patent, in which place he continued his medical studies with Dr. Crane, later taking a course of medicine at Albany. In 1857-58 he attended the University of the City of New York, where he was graduated with the class of 1858, and soon after entered upon the practice of his profession, forming a partnership, July 24, 1858, with Dr. Crane that lasted four years. During the Civil War he served as Assistant Surgeon of the One Hundred and Seventeenth New York Infantry, and later received his commission as Surgeon from Governor Seymour. He also served as Acting Brigade Surgeon, and was President of a Medical Examining Board. When peace was declared, he returned home, and settled in Oneida in March, 1865, since which time he has built up a large and lucrative practice, extending over a considerable amount of territory.
   It is as an expert in cases of surgery that the Doctor has achieved his greatest reputation, being often called in consultation in difficult cases from far distant points in the State. He is a member of the County, State, and National and International Medical Societies and has served as President and Vice-president of the County Society. For six years he was Coroner of the county, and in 1874 was elected Member of the Assembly. He stands high in the Masonic fraternity, belonging to Doric Chapter of Oneida and Commandery No. 45 of Rome, N. Y. He has also been Village Trustee and President. He is active in Grand Army affairs, is deeply interested in the welfare of the veterans, and was on the staff of State Commander General Harrison Clark, and in 1890 was elected Medical Director of the State.
   Dr. Carpenter first married Miss Augusta I. Rollo, who died, leaving one daughter, Mrs. Frederick Cheney, of Oneida. About two years after the death of his first wife he married her sister, Miss Emma L. Rollo. Mrs. Carpenter is a lady of true womanly qualities and social virtues, and shares largely her husband's popularity, having many friends throughout the county. Dr. Carpenter has attained his present position solely by his own natural ability, persevering application, and earnest, conscientious work. He is an expert in his profession, and a most genial gentleman personally, his social qualities having procured for him hosts of friends in all parts of the county and elsewhere. He is, besides, a public-spirited man, who has done his share toward the building up and prosperity of his village, having erected two substantial business blocks in addition to the handsome residence in which he resides. In every position of trust this gentleman has held his integrity has been unquestioned and his success assured. Owing to his kind heart and genial qualities, he is a favorite in the sick-room. Sympathizing with his patients, they feel his presence a healing balm, and long remember his gentle ministrations and the skill that, with God's blessing, raised them from a bed of sickness and pain to a life of healthful activity. The fine portrait of' Dr. Carpenter which is presented in connection with this sketch will be appreciated by all with whom he has come into contact, and forms a valuable addition to this work as a graphic representation of one of the leading members of the learned professions in Madison County.

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