Eber W. Carmichael

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

EBER W. CARMICHAEL, M. D. The subject of this sketch is a grandson of John Carmichael, who came from Columbia County before the Revolutionary war and located on the Carmichael farm, in the southwest part of the town (Sand Lake). He performed active service in the Continental army, and had a large number of children, among whom John, Peter, and William were sons.

John located in the town of Western, Oneida Co., N. Y. Peter located near the old homestead, and engaged in farming. William lived and died on the old homestead, was a man of prominence and influence, and died in the year 1876, at the advanced age of ninety-two.

Peter was united in marriage to Mary Waters on July 26, 1795, and had a family of fourteen children, of whom eleven lived to adult age. The sons were Hezekiah, Eber W., and John P. Hezekiah settled in Illinois, where he raised a family and remained through life. John P. settled near Rockford, Ill., and raised a large family, and died there a few years ago. Both were farmers.

Dr. Ever W. Carmichael was born on Sept. 14, 1812, and passed his early life on his father's farm, and in attendance upon the district school of his locality. He subsequently enjoyed the benefits of an academic course at Sand Lake Academy and Nassau Academy, finishing his educational course at Oberlin College, Ohio. Leaving the latter institution in 1836, he entered the office of Dr. James Thorne, of Troy, and engaged in the study of his profession. Soon after he attended lectures at the medical institution of Castleton, Vt. In the year 1837 he began study with Dr. Samuel McClellan, of Schodack, with whom he remained until 1840, meantime being in attendance upon the Albany Medical College.

In that year Dr. Carmichael commenced the practice of his profession in the town of Greenwich, Washington Co., where he remained for four years. From there he came to Sand Lake, and located in March, 1845, in the same house in which he now resides, at Sliter's Corners, where he has been in constant and successful practice ever since, enjoying the confidence of the community to the fullest extent, and filling for a time the position of physician to the county house at Troy.

On May 19, 1841, Dr. Carmichael was united in marriage to Miranda, daughter of Gideon Butz, of Sand Lake, and has had a family of six children, of whom but two are living, - Gideon W., who is engaged in the merchantile business in St. Louis, Mo., and is a member of the city council of that city, and Julia F., wife of Sylvester M. Lester, of Sand Lake.

Dr. Carmichael has been a member of the Rensselaer County Medical Society since 1845, and has been a delegate to the State Medical Society at Albany. Prior to 1845 he was a member of the Washington County Medical Society.

He has always been forward in all reformatory movements, and on Aug. 23, 1855, was subjected to a gross personal assault by masked men for his open and energetic support of the law against "intemperance, pauperism, and crime." His fellow-citizens took strong action upon the subject subsequently, and his assailants were visited with the penal infliction of the law.

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