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FOOTE, Elial Todd, physician, born in Gill, Massachusetts, 1 May 1796; died in New Haven, Connecticut, 17 November 1877. He went with his parents in 1798 to Sherburne, New York, where he was educated, studied medicine there and in New York City, and began practice in Jamestown, New York, in 1815, being the first physician there. He was a member of the legislature in 1820 and in 1826'7, associate judge of common pleas in 1818'23, and in the latter year became first judge of Chautauqua County, holding the office till 1843, when he retired, He owned the land on which a large part of the present City of Jamestown is built, and was active in public improvements there. Three Churches of the town are built on land given by him for the purpose. Dr. Foote was known as the "father of Chautauqua County." He was also active in the temperante and antislavery movements. He removed in 1845 to New Haven, Connecticut, and resumed the practice of medicine. He was a founder of the New Haven colony historical society, and a member of many other societies. He collected much materim relating to the early history of Chautauqua County, which formed the basis of the history of that County by A. W. Young (Buffalo, 1875).
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