Biography of William B. Ansley
Indiana County, PA Biographies


WILLIAM B. ANSLEY, M.D., president of the Indiana County Medical society, and a very successful physician of Saltsburg, is a son of James and Sarah (Spencer) Ansley, and was born in South Mahoning township, Indiana county, Pennsylvania, August 2, 1847. During the Revolutionary war his great grandfather, John Ansley, served as a soldier in the American, while his brother commanded a company in the British army. John Ansley was a farmer and came from New Jersey to Westmoreland county, where his son, Daniel Ansley (grandfather), was born in 1798, and followed farming until 1837, when he came to this county. He died in 1858, aged sixty years. His son, James Ansley (father), was born in 1825, and is an extensive and prosperous farmer and stock raiser of Rayne township. He is a deacon of the Baptist church, a republican in politics and has served as auditor of Indiana county, and justice of the peace in Rayne township. He married Sarah Spencer, who was born near Johnstown, in Cambria county, and is a member of the Baptist church.

William B. Ansley was reared on a farm. He received his literary education in Dayton academy. Leaving college, he taught several terms in the common schools. Having determined upon medicine as a life vocation, he entered the office of Dr. C. McEwen, of Plumville; after reading six months with him he entered the office of Dr. R. S. Sutton, of Pittsburgh, as a medical student. After completing the required course of reading he entered Jefferson Medical college, of Philadelphia, attended three courses of lectures and was graduated from that famous institution in the class of 1867. Immediately after graduating he opened an office at Apollo, where he practiced for ten years with good success. In 1877 he came to Saltsburg, where he has been in active, continuous and successful practice ever since.

In politics Dr. Ansley is an unswerving republican. He has served, since 1882, as a member of the school board, of which he has been president during the last two years. In religious sentiment he faithfully adheres to the Baptist church and is a member and deacon of the Saltsburg church, of that denomination, in which he also serves as superintendent of the Sunday school. He is a past master in the Masonic fraternity, a past grand in the I. O. O. F. and has served in various official positions in several other secret societies of which he is a member. Dr. Ansley is president of the Indiana County Medical society and a member of the Pennsylvania State Medical society, in which he is serving as a member of the committee on medical legislation. He often contributes articles to the medical journals and some of these contributions have been highly spoken of by many well qualified physicians. His professional talent and valuable experience, as well as his kind and gentle manners and tender solicitude for the well being of his patients, have caused him to be recognized as one of the most successful medical practitioners in the county.


From:
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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