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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
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.
Mosher was the last
of the Albany physicians to
hold the office of
'69 to '73, under Gov.
Hoffman. He served as
surgeon from his
graduation in '63 to the
close of the war in the
hospitals 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)