Elisha P. Clarke, Assistant Surgeon

Elisha P. Clarke Assistant Surgeon Res: Milford (Image from William M. Russo Collection)

Elisha P. Clarke
Assistant Surgeon
Res: Milford
(Image from William M. Russo Collection)

CLARKE, Elisha Peckham, physician and surgeon, was born in Westerly, R. L, August 17, 1833, the son of Robert and Dorcas (Peckham) Clarke. He is a descendant of an old Rhode Island family settled in the state since an early period in its history. He received his early education in the public schools and at DeRuyter Institute, New York. He taught school for several years, successfully, before entering upon the profession of medicine which he adopted. He took one course in the Harvard Medical School and finished his course in the Maine Medical School (Bowdoin College), from which he graduated August 5, 1863. He commenced practice in Milford, Mass., in the fall of 1863. On February 7, 1864, he was commissioned Assistant Surgeon in the 31st Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers. He remained in the service and was mustered out at the close of the war, in September 1865. He then settled in Hope Valley where he has since remained in the enjoyment of a large practice. He was elected a member of the State Senate in 1878-79 and re-elected in 1879-80. He has been a Director in the Hopkinton Savings Bank since its incorporation and is now its second Vice-President. He was elected a Fellow of the Rhode Island Medical Society in 1867, its second Vice-President in 1891-92, first Vice-President in 1893-94, and it’s President in 1895, which office he now holds. He is a charter member of Charity Lodge A. F. & A. M., and was elected Worshipful Master in 1870. He is also a charter member of Franklin Royal Arch Chapter, in which he has held various offices and is at present King. He is a charter member of Lincoln Post, G. A. R., was its first commander and served for two years. He is a charter member of Hope Chapter of the Eastern Star, and its first Worthy Patron. He is now Grand Associate Patron of the Grand Chapter O. E. S. of Rhode Island. He married, May 7, 1859, Miss Nancy J. Davis, of Ledyard, Conn., who died November 20, 1894; they have two children: Elisha D., a graduate of Harvard Medical University, now practicing medicine in Woonsocket, R. I., and Elliott M., a student in the medical department of the University of Michigan.

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