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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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GEORGE R. ANDERSON, M. D., the leading physician and surgeon of Portland, opened an office in this place in 1883, and has since conducted a general practice, gaining meanwhile a large clientage and establishing his fame as a skilled practitioner. He is still a young man, having been born October 3, 1857, and it is therefore safe to say that the future years will bring him increased honors in his profession. A native of New Jersey, he was born in Milford, Hunterdon County, to the union of Jacob R. and Jane (Fulkerson) Anderson. He was reared to manhood in his native county, gaining his elementary education in the public schools of Milford, and later attending for a time the academy at East Greenwich, R. I., as well as other schools. Through diligent use of his opportunities he acquired a breadth of culture that has ever been one of his distinguishing characteristics.

Having resolved to adopt for his life work the noble calling of a physician, our subject in 1876 began a course of medical lectures in the University of New York. After two courses there and two in Jefferson Medical College, he was graduated from the latter institution in 1882. In order to perfect himself in the science of therapeutics, and also for the purpose of giving especial attention to surgery, he went to Europe, where he spent a year in study. For a time he was in the celebrated St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and Medical College, in London, England, and also attended hospital lectures in Paris, France.

Having by these splendid advantages thoroughly equipped himself for his profession, Dr. Anderson returned to the United States, and in 1883 opened an office in Portland, where he has since conducted an increasing practice. His studies, coupled with his accurate judgment and sound common-sense, admirably fitted him for success in the profession. His superior ability is widely recognized, and by his noteworthy success in the treatment of diseases of every nature he has gained the confidence of the people of the city and county.

In addition to the management of his large practice Dr. Anderson is owner and proprietor of a drug store in Portland. He fills the position of Censor for the Medico-Chirurgical College in Philadelphia, and has held other posts of honor in the medical fraternity. On the 23d of May, 1894, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Mary E. Gernet, of Easton, and they have established a pleasant home in Portland. The Doctor is a member of the Northampton County Medical Society, and is deeply interested in everything pertaining to professional matters. In politics, though not aggressive, he is a firm supporter of Republican principles. In his social connections he is identified with the Free and Accepted Masons, holding membership with the lodge at Belvidere, N. J. The success which he has attained professionally is the result of his own efforts, unassisted by fortune or fortuitous circumstances, and proves the possession on his part of qualities of a superior order.

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