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HOLCOMBE, William Frederick, physician, born in Sterling, Massachusetts, 2 April, 1827. He was graduated at the Albany medical college in 1850, studied several years in Europe, was a member of the American medical society in Paris, and, settling in New York city, was lecturer on diseases of the eye in the New York university medical college in 1861, professor of eye and ear diseases in the New York medical college in 1862, in the New York ophthalmic college and hospital in 1863, and in the New York medical college for women in 1867. Dr Holcombe is one of the founders of the New York genealogical and biographical society. In 1881 he delivered the address at the centennial of Sterling, Massachusetts Besides occasional articles published in medical journals, he is the author of "The History of Mount Sterling, Kentucky, Genealogy of the Bush Family, of Watertown, Connecticut, History of the Holcombes in America," and "Family Records, their Importance and Value" (New York, 1877).
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