Dr. John Squire
Dr. John Squire

Information on this page is from History of Rensselaer Co., New York by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester, published in 1880.

DR. JOHN SQUIRE was born in the town of Hillsdale, Columbia Co., N. Y., July 4, 1801, and was tenth in a family of twelve children. His father, Jesse Squire, was a native of Connecticut, and came to Columbia County when quite young. He was a soldier in the War for Independence; was in the battle with the Indians at Schoharie, took part in the battle of Saratoga, and was present at the surrender of Burgoyne. He lived to be seventy-eight years of age, and died about 1859. His wife, whose maiden name was Amy Cole, survived him two years and died at the age of eighty.

The grandfather of Dr. Squire was an emigrant from Scotland, and upon reaching this country settled in Connecticut. His name was Asa Squire.

Dr. Squire received his preparatory education in the common school at home and in Lenox Academy, Berkshire Co., Mass. He entered Williams College in 1819, and was graduated from that school with the usual honors in 1822.

He studied medicine with Dr. Samuel McClellan, of Nassau, and was graduated in medicine in 1824, at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York City. The following year he settled in the practice of his profession at Schodack Landing, Rensselaer Co., N. Y., where be has since remained.

In his professional duties Dr. Squire has always administered to the needy, as well as to those from whom he expected pay for his services. His integrity, his desire to accomplish the object of his life-work, to cure and heal the sick and render assistance to the suffering, his frank and open manhood, and his acknowledged ability and skillful treatment of diseases, have won for him the confidence of the people with whom he has been associated for over a half-century.

More than fifty years ago he became a member of the Rensselaer County Medical Society, and has officiated as its president. He was one of the organizers of the Columbia and Rensselaer Medical Society in 1877, which now holds its meetings at Kinderhook. Dr. Squire in politics is a Republican, and for some thirty years has held the office of notary public. He married in April, 1828, Caroline, daughter of Samuel Hitchcock, of Schodack. She did in 1839. He has reared one son, Robert, who graduated in medicine at the Albany Medical College, but was killed by an accident, being run over by the cars at the crossing of the Boston and Albany Railroad.

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