Biography of Dr. John M. Currier
Rutland County, Vt. Biographies





CURRIER, JOHN McNAB, M.D., of Castleton, Vermont, was born in Bath, New Hampshire, August 4, 1832. He was the third son, and the youngest of four children, of Captain Samuel Currier and Rachel Annis, who were among the early settlers of his native town, and were farmers. He received a classical education at Newbury (Vt.) Seminary and McIndoe's Falls (Vt.) Academy.

He studied medicine with Drs. W. A. Weaks and Enoch Blanchard, of Mclndoe's Falls, Vt., Prof. Dixi Crosby, and his son, Prof. Alpheus B. Crosby, of Hanover, N. H.; and graduated in medicine at the medical department of Dartmouth College in 1858. In the same year he settled at Newport, Vt., where he practiced medicine until 1871, when he moved to McIndoe's Falls, Vt., where he practiced nearly two years. In 1873 he went to Burlington, Vt., to edit and publish The Vermont Medical Journal, but that proving to be an unprofitable enterprise, its publication was discontinued, and after remaining in the city of Burlington a little more than one year he went to Bristol, Vt., to resume practice. At Bristol he remained nearly two years, and in 1876 went to Castleton, Vt., his present location.

He took an active part in the reorganization of the Orleans County Medical Society, in 1865, and was secretary of it several years. In 1873-74 he was a member of the Chittenden County Medical Society; also of the Burlington Medical and Surgical Club. He was foremost in the formation of the Rutland County Medical and Surgical Society in 1877, and for several years was its secretary. Through his exertions the Castleton Medical and Surgical Clinic was formed in 1879, for the purpose of rendering medical and surgical advice and treatment to indigent patients free. He was elected a member of the Vermont Medical Society in 1880. He was medical examiner of volunteers at Newport, Vt., in the War of the Rebellion in 1861-65, and was surgeon general of the volunteer militia of Vermont in 1872-73-74 with the rank of brigadier general, on the staff of Governor Julius Converse. He was examining surgeon for pensions at Bristol in 1875-76. Besides editing the Vermont Medical Journal he contributed many articles for other medical periodicals and for medical societies.

Dr. Currier became early interested in all branches of science. Through his zeal and instrumentality the Orleans County Natural and Civil Historical Society was reorganized in 1869 under the name of the Orleans County Society of Natural Sciences. In connection with this society he was editor in chief and publisher of a quarterly scientific journal in 1870-71-72-73-74, bearing the title of Archives of Science and Transactions of the Orleans County Society of Natural Sciences. Through his liberality the publications of this society were sent to nearly three hundred foreign and domestic scientific, literary and historical societies, receiving in return publications in more than twenty different languages.

In 1 872 he helped to organize the Mclndoe's Falls Scientific Club. At Bristol he was one of several to organize the Bristol Scientific Club in 1874; and after moving to Castleton, aided in the formation of the Castleton Normal School Scientific Club; of all three of these societies he was secretary, and sought to popularize science by holding frequent meetings and publishing the proceedings of them in the various newspapers in the immediate vicinity. He made a large collection of specimens in mineralogy and palacontology, a large portion of which was purchased for the benefit of the public school in the village of Fairhaven, Vt. He also made a large collection in archaeology, mostly Vermont specimens; one portion of which was donated to the Vermont Historical Society; and subsequently the balance was purchased for the cabinet of the University of Vermont.

Dr. Currier was elected a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1879; of the Appalachian Mountain Club in 1883; and of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1884. To the first mentioned society he has contributed several articles on the archaeology of Vermont.

In Rutland county Dr. Currier has devoted much of his attention to the study and writing of the local history of the county. He was one of the founders of the Rutland County Historical Society in 1880, and has been reelected its secretary from year to year since its organization. He was elected a member of the Vermont Historical Society in 1880, and in the same year was elected a life member of the New Hampshire Antiquarian Society. He was elected a resident member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 1881. Through his zeal and liberality the second volume of the Rutland County Historical Society was published, and several other important and valuable documents have been published since the organization of the society. He was a contributor to Hemmentvay's Vermont historical Gazetteer both in Orleans and Rutland counties. He has made a large collection of old, rare hooks, many articles of antiquarian and historic value, and has preserved many historic and genealogical manuscripts.

Dr. Currier married, August 8, 186o, Susan Havens Powers, the eldest of two daughters of John D. Powers and Jane B. Carleton, of Woodstock, Vt.; by her he had two children: Linn, born June 8, 1861, and Suza, born June 7,1867.

From:
History of Rutland County, Vermont
Edited by: H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1886


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