Dr Sarah L. <I>Lamb</I> Cushing


Dr Sarah L. Lamb Cushing

Pittstown, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Death 13 Mar 1919 (aged 100)
Lockport, Niagara County, New York, USA
Burial Lockport, Niagara County, New York, USA
Plot Section K Lot 19
Memorial ID 177979798 View Source
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Published in the New York Herald on March 13, 1919:


Mrs. Sarah L. Cushing, one hundred years old, and one of the first women to take up the practice of medicine in the United States, died here today. She was at one time associated in New York city with Miss Elizabeth Blackwell, another pioneer in the medical profession. She afterward went to Columbus, Ohio. She practiced medicine here for almost half a century.

Published in the Lockport Union Sun and Journal on October 30, 1947:

Presentation of a $4500 check, representing income from the $20,000 trust fund established 37 years ago by Dr. Sarah L. Cushing to provide hospital care for deserving women of the county, has been made to Mayor Fred A. Ringueberg and City Treasurer Raymond M. Noble by the trustees, Dennis M. Walker and former Mayor Ernest B. Crosby. The Cushing Hospital Fund had dwindled to $4.65, according to Mr. Noble, who reported that the $4500 check is the first to be added to the account in 12 years.
Mayor Ringueberg, who investigates and approves applications for relief under its provisions, added that he is happy that the city again can aid those in need in accordance with Dr. Cushing's wishes.

PIONEER PHYSICIAN Dr. Cushing, one of the first women licensed to practice medicine in this state, was the county's oldest resident when she died March 12, 1919 at the age of 101 in her home, 99 Cottage St. A Lockport resident for half a century, she had practiced here for 40 years and also was active in the suffrage and prohibition movements. Born Aug. 19, 1818 at Pittstown, near Troy, Dr. Cushing was graduated from the Albany Academy in 1841 and Starling Medical College In Ohio in 1859. Refused a permit to work in Philadelphia, she entered the infirmary of Miss Elizabeth Blackwell, first woman physician in America. She practiced in New York and later practiced in Columbus, O., before moving to Lockport.

The former Sara Lamb married the Rev. David Cushing in 1846 and he served as minister of Second Presbyterian Church here prior to his death in 1849. A daughter, Martha, died in 1847. The Cushing Fund was endowed by the woman physician Dec. 31, 1910 when she provided that Lockport City Hospital use the income "for the benefit of poor and deserving women, young and old, who are residents of Niagara County who shall be in need of hospital care."

DeLisle Brookins also was one of the original trustees named by Dr. Cushing. The Common Council approved a Finance Committee report Feb. 13, 1912 directing that income from the endowment be deposited with the city treasurer and that the mayor investigate applicants and certify worthy cases to the hospital superintendent.

Published in the Buffalo Courier on March 1, 1919:

"Mrs. Cushing was born at Pittstown, N. Y. twelve miles from Troy, August 19, 1818. She was the daughter of Claudius Lamb and Betsey Hoag, both of whom were natives of that place and, died there. Her father was a descendant of a French Huguenot. Both parents died while she was still a small child and she was taken by the parents of the late Claudius Hoag, remaining with them until she was fourteen years old. She then entered a Quaker school near Troy and later Albany academy, from which she was graduated in 1841."


1818 - 1918

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  • Created by: Mike Niethe
  • Added: 1 Apr 2017
  • Find a Grave Memorial 177979798
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Sarah L. Lamb Cushing (19 Aug 1818–13 Mar 1919), Find a Grave Memorial ID 177979798, citing Cold Springs Cemetery, Lockport, Niagara County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Mike Niethe (contributor 47990888) .