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ARMSBY, James H., physician, born in Sutton, Massachusetts, 31 December 1809; died in Albany, New York, 3 December 1875. His early years were spent on his father's farm and in the common school, with a short time in the Worcester and Monson academies. He studied with Dr. Alden March in Albany, and was graduated in 1833 at the Vermont academy of medicine. He taught for a year in a private medical school, and from 1834 to 1840 was professor of anatomy and physiology in the Vermont academy of medicine. He conceived the idea of founding a University in Albany, raised 810,000 for the object, and delivered in that city the first American course of medical lectures illustrated with dissections of the human body. He made two visits to Europe, one in 1839 and one in 1845, for the purpose of inspecting the principal schools of the old world, and went to Naples in 1861 as U.S. consul, tie was one of the originators of the Young Men's Christian association, and was also instrumental in founding the Dudley observatory.
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