THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   WILLIAM H. CHAMBERLIN, M.D., one of the most active and successful practitioners of medicine of Madison County, now a resident of Oneida, is a son of Isaac Chamberlin of Oneida County. The father of Isaac Chamberlin was Lowell Chamberlin, of Vermont, who came to the State of New York at an early day, and was one of the pioneers of Oneida County, where he engaged in farming, working hard, and performing his full share toward the improvement and development of this then new country. He was of the hardy stock produced by the climate of New England, and lived to the good old age of eighty years, his wife living to be eighty-six. They were the parents of nine children, two of whom died in early life, one in middle life, and the rest in old age. Isaac Chamberlin, the third child, was reared on the home farm, and followed agricultural occupations all his life. When twenty-four years of age, he married Elizabeth Hinman, who came from Troy, N.Y., and died here in 1881, leaving two children William H., the subject of this sketch; and Charles, now living on the old homestead. Isaac Chamberlin died in 1885, having been a straightforward, honorable man and a highly respected citizen.
   William H. Chamberlin was born at his father's home in Oneida County, October 5, 1850, and worked hard on the farm when a boy and young man. While attending the district school, his ambition was to study for some profession; but in this ambition he received but little encouragement from his parents. Leaving the common school when fourteen years of age, he thereafter attended the village high school until he was eighteen years old, and then went to Illinois, where he found employment as a school-teacher in the city of Jacksonville, Morgan County. After a time spent in Illinois in this most honorable and useful occupation, he returned to this State, and was here similarly engaged for three years more. Though he liked the profession of teaching and was successful therein, yet he desired something that would furnish him a larger income, and something that would be permanent and at the same time useful, and therefore decided on the profession of medicine. Being able now to support himself by means of the money he had saved from his wages as teacher, he began his studies in Michigan University at Ann Arbor, and completed them in the Medical Department of the University of the City of New York, graduating there in 1876. Soon afterward he engaged in medical practice at Vernon, Oneida County, remaining there two years, and then going to Delavan, Wis., where he was in practice four years. Since then he has been continuously engaged in his profession in Oneida, has built up a large practice, and is frequently called in important cases.
   Dr. Chamberlin was married, when twenty-eight years old, to Clara Allen, of Verona, a daughter of James and Martha Allen. By this marriage he has two children, Wilfred and Whitney. Politically, the Doctor is a Republican; and both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Dr. Chamberlin is a physician who is widely and favorably known. He has made many friends, both in his professional capacity and as a private citizen. There are few fields, if any, in which a man who is well qualified for his duties can exert a better influence, can do more good work for wayward and suffering humanity, than in that of the practice of medicine, which fact is fully appreciated by Dr. Chamberlin. The profession is one in which the unfit man is soon discovered and rebuked, and in which the honorable and skilful practitioner is sure of success and its rewards, moral and pecuniary. Dr. Chamberlin enjoys the satisfaction which comes from the consciousness of living a life of usefulness, being of true service to his fellow-beings, and also of possessing in large measure the confidence of the community. which brings him an extended practice, and assures the substantial pecuniary compensation without which no physician could live by his profession.

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