|Birth: ||Aug. 6, 1831|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||unknown, USA|
He was the son of Nicholas Emmons and Rachel Stout Quimby, whose family consisted of eight sons and one daughter. His father was a farmer, and had served as a soldier in the war of 1812. He was a grandson of Judge Nicholas Emmons, of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. His mother was highly esteemed as a lady of great executive ability and most excellent social qualities. Both grandfathers served in the army during the Revolutionary war. The subject of this sketch lost both his parents in early life, and was thrown almost entirely upon his own resources to achieve a position for himself. As he was unwilling to be a mere hewer of wood and drawer of water, he concluded to obtain employment in a grist-mill,
where he learned thoroughly the management of that business. About 1850 he went to the West, and located at Zanesville, Ohio, where he assumed charge of a flour-mill. While thus employed as superintendent of the mill he made the acquaintance of Dr. Barr, of Zanesville, Ohio, who, perceiving his aptness and turn of mind, persuaded him to study medicine, which being more congenial to his tastes, he readily assented to.
He thus jointly pursued his labors and studies for about three years. Being of an economical turn of mind, he was enabled to save a sufficient sum to pursue a higher course of education.
Returning to his native State and home, and finding his education insufficient for the profession he had chosen, having only then received the advantages the country school afforded, he decided, with characteristic determination to educate himself. With this end in view, he overcame obstacles that would have discouraged and disheartened any ordinary youth; but with that courage and indomitable will-power which has so strongly marked him thus far through life, he entered Chester Institute, Chester, N.J., then a flourishing collegiate school, under the management of the late Professor Rankin. While there pursuing his studies with faithfulness and assiduity, he fitted himself for college.
He did not enter Princeton, as was intended but became a student of the Medical Department of the University of the City of New York, and graduated from that institution at the close of the session of 1858-59. In 1859, acting upon the advice of his preceptor, Dr. Valentine Mott, he came to Jersey City, where he has since resided, and began the practice of his profession.
Dr. Quimby first married, in 1863, Helen Stark, daughter of the late Thomas McKie, Esq, of New York, by whom he had three children, two of whom died in infancy. One son survives his mother who died in 1868. In 1875 he married Frances H., daughter of the late James Flemming, Esq., of Jersey City, by whom he has one son.
When the civil war broke out, yielding to his patriotic impulse, he left a lucrative practice and entered the army as a volunteer surgeon. He was with Gen. McClellan through the swamps of the Chickahominy, and in the Seven Daysí battle and retreat to Harrisonís Landing. In the battle of Antietam, and after the battle of the Wilderness, being ill, he returned home, and resumed the practice of his profession, in which he has been actively engaged from that time. He was formerly one of the lecturers in the spring course of the Medical Department of the University of the City of New York. He was also assistant to Professor A.C. Post, in his surgical clinic at the above university. He was the originator of the Hudson County (now Christís) Hospital, and for some years one of its leading surgeons.
He is also the author and originator of several important surgical operations, viz.: May 5, 1868, he read before the American Medical Association meeting at Washington, D.C., a paper entitled, "A New Mode of Treatment of Congenital Talipes (club foot)." Vide Transactions, vol. xix. In 1870 he read an original paper on "A New Method of Amputation at the Ankle-Joint," being an important modification of M. Pirogoffís (of Russia) operation. (See Transactions, vol. xxi.) In May, 1819, he read before the American Medical Association at Atlanta, Ga., an original paper describing an operation on parallel bones, resulting from "A case of Compound Fracture of the Tibia and Fibula." (See Transactions,) vol. xxi. In June, 1880, he read a paper before the American Medical Association on "The Criminal Use of Chloroform," describing the results growing out of his experiments as an expert in the celebrated trial of the Smith-Bennet murder case. See Transactions, vol. xxxi.
He is a member of the Hudson County District Medical Society, a permanent member of the American Medical Association, a member of the American Public Health Association, and a member of the British Medical Association. In 1875 he visited Europe, going through many of the prominent hospitals and public institutions.
In 1881 he was delegated by the American Medical Association to the International Medical Congress, which convened in London, and took an active part in its proceedings.**
During the same year he attended the meeting of the British Medical Association at Ryde, Isle of Wight, England. In 1884 he was again appointed a delegate from the American Medical Association to the International Medical Congress, held at Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dr. Quimby is and has long been an ardent advocate of abstemiousness from alcoholic drinks. He has closely studied the subject from a professional standpoint and from experiments and observations of its effects upon the system. He is firmly convinced of the pernicious influence of alcohol on the human economy. He read a paper, by invitation, before the New Jersey State Temperance Alliance, at Newark, Dec. 5, 1882, on the "Pathological Action of Alcohol in Health and in Disease," which was so well received by the society that five thousand copies were ordered to be printed. This pamphlet has received very flattering commendations from some of the prominent members of the medical profession, as well as from clergymen and laymen.
On reading the pamphlet, Professor Palmer, of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, says," I therefore hail with pleasure such publications as yours, and hope soon to see more truth and less error on this subject in our standard medical literature."
Dr. Quimby was nominated for Governor by the Prohibition party in 1883, but, for various reasons, he was obliged to decline that honor. In the Presidential canvass of 1884, he has taken an active part with the Prohibition party, being one of the Presidential electors on the Prohibition ticket.
Dr. Quimby has always taken a deep interest in the reform movements of the city, State and nation. The breadth of his humanity is such that he believes in the theory that whatever affects any human being directly or remotely affects him. He believes with the poet that
"Manís Inhumanity to man
Make countless thousands mourn."
He takes for his motto the words of Terence: "Nil humani a me alienum puto."
His earlier political life was developed in the school of Democracy, but when the civil war began, not liking the attitude of his party on the secession question, he followed his principles out of the Democratic party and joined the Republican ranks. He thus showed his strong conviction that the needs and claims of his country were matters of higher and more enduring interest than the claims of party. Dr. Quimby has always been an active participant in the political affairs of Jersey City and the State, and wields an extended influence. He has never been connected with any corrupting political schemes, but is always an irritating thorn in the side of political schemers, who have grown and flourished to such an alarming extent within the past quarter of a century. He was president of the first Citizensí Association of Jersey City, in 1870 and the following years, which did much towards breaking up the "Bumstead" ring. He was also one of the originators of the Anti-Monopoly Union of Hudson County, which did such good service in checking the inroads of the corrupting influences of railroad corporations, which have done much to destroy the growth and prosperity of Jersey City. It was largely due to his untiring industry and zeal that the monstrous railroad land-grabbing water-front bill known as Bill 167 was defeated in the Legislature.
Bernardsville Methodist Cemetery
New Jersey, USA
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Record added: Jan 31, 2006
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