GEORGE W. MILES, M.D., a popular physician of Oneida, N.Y., whose advice as a specialist in the treatment of throat and lung diseases is much sought, a man of high standing in his profession, being a member of the American Academy of Medicine, was born in the city of Auburn, Cayuga County, N.Y., December 27, 1851, the only child of his worthy parents, Monroe and Clara (Chittenden) Miles. His mother was from Ithaca, Tompkins County. His father, a cabinet-maker by trade, who removed to Auburn from Wayne County, died in 1884 at sixty-five years of age.
Dr. Miles spent his early life in his native city of Auburn. After pursuing his preparatory studies at the Auburn High School, he entered Hamilton College in 1869, and was graduated at that institution in 1873, later also receiving the degree of Master of Arts in course. On leaving college, he began the study of medicine with Dr. Lansing Briggs, of Auburn, then one of the leading surgeons of Western New York, and graduated with the highest honors of his class, being accorded the valedictory from Columbus (Ohio) Medical College in the class of 1879. Since his removal to this place Dr. Miles has built up one of the largest office practices, general and special, in Oneida. That he is a thorough practitioner is evident from the fact of his having been chosen a Fellow of the American Academy of Medicine at Baltimore in the year
1880, one of the highest honors accorded to physicians in this country, none being admitted to membership in this academy except those who have received the degree of Master of Arts previous to graduation from a medical school. It is shown by statistics that only ten per cent. of the physicians of the United States are thus eligible. So strong has been and is the desire of physicians to belong to this academy that some years ago a strong effort was made to remove this restriction, but up to the present time the effort has been a failure. One of the strong arguments against such extension of member ship was made by Dr. Miles in a paper published some years since in the Columbus Medical Journal. Dr. Miles has been for several years a frequent contributor to periodical literature, both medical and general.
On December 31, 1874, Dr. Miles was married to Esther L. Allen, of Augusta, Oneida County, N.Y., who died June 7, 1876. On August 17, 1881, he married his present wife, Marietta Ransom, of Perryville, Madison County. In religion he is an Episcopalian, having been confirmed a member of St. John's Parish by Bishop Huntington in the spring of 1887. Mrs. Miles is also a communicant of this church.
The Doctor is local examiner for the Equitable Life Insurance Company; and he is also the nominator of other examiners, which is another evidence of the confidence reposed in him. In politics he is a Republican, and has recently been elected Coroner of Madison County. Dr. Miles is held in the highest respect, both as a physician and a citizen.
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