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William Sheridan Todd of Ridgefield CT

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William Sheridan Todd7, (David6, Titus5, Titus4, Benjamin3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Jan. 1, 1840, died Feb. 19, 1893, in Ridgefield, Conn., married, May 6, 1873, Mary J. Conklin, who was born Oct. 6, 1841. She is now (1911) living with her eldest son in Greenwich, Conn.

He attended the public schools in the various towns to which his father was called, he being a Methodist minister. When twenty years of age he entered Wesleyan University graduating in the class of ’64. He then took up teaching becoming the classical teacher in the Peter Parley School in Ridgefield, Conn. Later he decided to take up the practice of medicine. In order to do this he went to Essex, Conn., where he became principal of Hill’s Academy, where he could obtain the valued advice of a prominent physician in the town, teaching and studying at the same time. From there he entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, N. Y. After graduating, the young doctor started the practice of medicine in Ridgefield, Conn., but finding the fruits of his labor insufficient, he accepted a position as teacher in the then high classed preparatory school, High Ridge Institute in Ridgefield. He also continued to practice his profession as best he could.

In 1876, he married Mary Jane Conklin, of Essex, Conn., an acquaintance made during his college days, having just previously given up the school work to devote all his time to his profession. He took an active interest in the affairs and welfare of the town, serving for a number of years on the school board; was one of the promoters of the Ridgefield Savings Bank, the Ridgefield Press Company, and the town Library. He served several terms as a representative to the state legislature, having been appointed a member of several important committees. He was away up in the Masonic orders, having taken the thirty-second degree; a member of the Ridgefield Club; the Fairfield County Society of physicians; the Twilight Club, of New York, N. Y.; the Academy of Medicine of New York; the Hospital Staff of the Danbury and Bridgeport hospitals; lectured at clinics in several New York hospitals. He was a member of the first Congregational Church of Ridgefield, Conn. He was respected and highly esteemed by his fellow townsmen and all who knew him. He died of Pneumonia in 1893.

Children:
*1652. Walter Bradford, b. Jan. 4, 1880.
*1653. Arthur Stanley, b. July 15, 1881.


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