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 Jacob S. Mosher, M.D.

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Name: Jacob S. Mosher
Death date: Aug 15, 1883
Place of death: Albany, NY
Type of practice: Allopath
Journal of the American Medical Association Citation: 1:407

Dr. Jacob S. Mosher, a distinguished physician of Albany, N. Y., was found dead in his bed on Monday morning last. Around him lay books and papers, and the lamp above his head was still burning. Death was evidently sudden, painless, and without a struggle.

He was born in Coeymans, March 19, 1834. He graduated at Rutgers College in 1853, and had the degree of Master of Arts from that Institution. He entered the Albany Medical College, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1863.
Early in the ensuing year he entered the corps of volunteer surgeons for New York troops, and was attached to the Army of the Potomac as it lay before Petersburg. He was subsequently made Assistant State Medical Director of the State of New York, and went on duty at Washington. From 1869 to 1873 he was Surgeon-General on the staff of Governor Hoffman. Since graduating, Dr. Mosher settled at Albany, where he practiced, except from 1870 to 1876, during which time he was Deputy Health Officer of the port of New York, first under Dr. Camochan, and afterward under Dr. Vanderpoell. At the expiration of his term of office he spent a short time in England. Then he returned to Albany, and since that time has attended to a. large and remunerative practice. He became a valued member of the Albany County Medical Society, and was its President prior to Dr. N. L. Snow, the present incumbent.

In the hospitals of Albany he was a faithful worker. So, too, it was with the Albany Medical College, of which for several years he was the right-hand man. He was Dean of the College of Pharmacy, of which he was one of the originators, and was President of the Alumni of the Albany Medical College.

Since 1866 he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the State Normal School, and has fulfilled his duties with his usual care and thoroughness. He was also a Trustee of the Albany Female Academy. In 1878 or '79 he was President of the Young Men's Association. At the time of his death he was President of the Local Board of Health.

Dr. Jacob S. Mosher was the last of the Albany physicians to hold the office of Surgeon-General, from '69 to '73, under Gov. Hoffman. He served as volunteer surgeon from his graduation in '63 to the close of the war in the hospitals of the Army of the Potomac and at Washington. While there he was appointed Asst. State Medical Director at Washington, holding the position till '67. From '70 till '76 he was Deputy Health Officer of the Port of New York, was on the Yellow Fever Commission appointed by Congress, and till his death, in 1883, was prominent in various departments of medicine and in civil life, being one of the most variously gifted men Albany has ever had.

Dr. Mosher was literary in his tastes and had collected a fine library. His fancy ran toward engravings and etchings, of which he had a great many, and his judgment in regard to them was considered excellent. One of his " hobbies," as he once told the writer, was epics, and of the great religious poems of all ages and all countries he sought to have the best and choicest editions. In every respect he was a man of culture and refinement.

Dr. Mosher was married December 30, 1863, to Emma S., daughter of Jesse Montgomery, of this city. She died in 1879, leaving four sons and one daughter, who survive their parents. The oldest, "Monte," as he is called, is a student in Union College.

(The personal edited research notes of Michael Echols, the source of which may or may not be completely documented)


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