Biography of Orlando S. Strange, M.D.

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Orlando Sampson Strange, one of the leading physicians and surgeons of Kingston, and a native of this city, was born June 13, 1826, his father being John Strange, of Glasgow, Scotland, and for several years a merchant at Kingston. His mother was Mary McGill, who was born in Albany, N. Y., and was of Scotch descent.

The subject of this sketch supplemented a grammar school course of education with two years at Queen’s College; studied medicine with Dr. James Sampson, of Kingston; attended lectures at the University of New York, in 1847-1849, and there received the degree of M.D., in March of the latter year. The next year Dr. Strange opened an office in this city, and has been here in steady practice for thirty years, soon building up a remunerative practice, and an excellent reputation for skill.

Dr. Strange was surgeon to the General Hospital in 1854, and again in 1860; was surgeon to A Battery from 1871 to 1874, from which position he was removed on account of his politics; was alderman from 1852 to 1854; mayor in 1859 and 1860, and previously had been chairman of the school board for two or three years. Considering the demands of his profession, the Doctor has been liberal in the bestowment of time to municipal and other local matters. His interests are thoroughly identified with those of his native city, and no man takes more pride in its growth and prosperity. He was a member of the medical council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario from 1872 to 1875, and is one of the governors of the Kingston General Hospital. In politics he is a Conservative, but allows nothing to interfere with his medical studies and practice. His religious connection is with the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian church.

June 13, 1849, Miss Emily Maclean, daughter of Neil Maclean, was united in marriage with Dr. Strange, and is the mother of eight children, six of whom are yet living. Emily McGill, the eldest daughter, is the wife of Rev. Carney Jones, of Arnprior, Renfrew County, Ont.; the others are single.

MLA Source Citation:

The Canadian Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self Made Men, Ontario, Volume 1. Toronto: Toronto American Biographical Pub. Co. 1880. Web. 31 January 2015. - Last updated on Aug 7th, 2012


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