| EBENEZER H. THURSTON, M.D., was born in
Wolverhampton, England, December 22, 1838, being the sort of Thomas and
Elizabeth (Shaw) Thurston. His parents came to America in 1845, and,
settling in Madison County, N.Y., gave their son the best of educational
advantages. At the district schools of his neighborhood, the
Hubbardsville Academy, and under the private tutorage of Professor James
Bush, he obtained a permanent substructure for an academic and medical
education. In 1859, his parents removed to Utica, where he continued his
studies at the academy and commented his medical career as a pupil under
Dr. M. M. Bagg, of that city. While pursuing his medical studies at
Utica, the War began, and he enlisted in April 1861, leaving Utica with
the 14th New York Infantry Volunteers. His general education and
knowledge of medicine soon found recognition, and he was attached to the
hospital department of his regiment, acting as steward. In this capacity
he was taken prisoner at the battle of Gaines's Mills, June 27, 1862,
and lodged in Libby prison. There the doctor remained until the
following November, when he was released and sent to St. John's College
Hospital, Annapolis, Md. There he passed an examination and was
appointed hospital steward, U. S. A., partly as a reward for services
rendered the government in attending the sick and wounded officers and
soldiers in Libby Prison. He held this position for some time, until
worn out by imprisonment and long continued hardship in field and post
hospitals, he succumbed to a severe attack of typhoid fever. As his
health was greatly impaired, he received his discharge from the army.
Upon his convalescence, he resumed his medical studies, and, in 1864,
obtained his degree of M.D. from the University of Buffalo, and then
immediately proceeded to the seat of State government, at Albany, N.Y.
He there passed a rigid medical examination, and was granted a
commission as assistant-surgeon of the 8th New York Cavalry, and was
with that gallant regiment in all its battles from Petersburg to
Appomattox Court House. At the close of the war he was breveted surgeon
and honorably mustered out of service at Rochester, N.Y., July, 1865. He
was greatly respected and beloved by his fellow officers and soldiers,
and remains in friendly correspondence with many of. them to this day.
From the close of his services in the army until 1870, he followed his
profession in the State of New York, and then removed to Chicago. Dr.
Thurston's career in this city as physician and surgeon is too well
known to require mention in this brief biography. His large and
increasing practice attest his professional skip and well-deserved
popularity. He is a member of the Oneida County and the Chicago Medical
societies, and also a member of the Illinois State Medical Society. The
doctor was married, in May, 1866, to Julia F. Randall, daughter of James
Randall, of Utica, N. Y. They have one child, Grace.
Andreas, A. T. History of Chicago, New York: Arno Press, 1975, volume 2, pp. 534-535.
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