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Dr. Abraham Stanley    

Dr. Abraham Stanley was born in the neighborhood called Cedar Creek, Hanover Co., Va., Aug. 30, 1804. In early life he taught school in Ohio, then the far Northwest. He studied medicine in the office of Dr. Pettit, of Columbiana County, Ohio, and spent one winter at the Cincinnati Medical College. He came to Bridgeport in 1836, purchased the drug-store of Dr. Bracken, and at the same time began the practice of his profession. The drug business proving unremunerative was soon abandoned, and the remainder of his business life was devoted steadily to his professional duties. Soon after his arrival in Bridgeport he was married to Lydia, daughter of Eli Haines. He was a prominent member of the Society of Friends, occupying an important position in the councils of that body; he was also, like most of the Quakers of the North, a strong Abolitionist, taking an active and heartfelt interest in all that pertained to the abolition of negro slavery in the United States. He was a number of times importuned by his friends and influential persons in the community to permit his name to be used as a candidate for Congress on the Anti-Slavery ticket, hut always peremptorily declined. He was appointed by the State authorities a manager of the House of Refuge for Western Pennsylvania, which position he held with credit for several years. In private life he was kind and urbane, charitable to the extent of his means, and universally respected wherever known. While returning from Harrisburg, where he had been on business connected with the House of Refuge, he met with a railroad accident, from the effects of which he died in the summer of 1856, leaving no children. He was a member of the Fayette County Medical Society.

History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania : with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & Co., 1882, pages 478-479. View the image of this page online - Free Trial  More Fayette County History Books  Search Hundreds of 1880s-1890s Pennsylvania County History Books for biographies and historical information on your ancestors.  View the book page images on line and print them out for your genealogy file!  Free Access to the old history books - plus birth & death records, census images and ALL other records at ancestry.com.

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