Biography of Frank H. Sargent, M.D.
Frank H. Sargent, M.D., a rising young medical practitioner of Pittsfield, was born in this town, October 31, 1861, son of Charles H. and Almira (Ring) Sargent. His great-grandfather, Benjamin Sargent, served under General Washington in the Revolutionary War. He later became a Baptist minister, and preached in Pittsfield from 1808 to 1818. He died March 19, 1818, at the age of fifty-eight years. His wife, in maidenhood Eunice Lindell, reared a family of seven children.
Moses L. Sargent, grandfather of Frank H., was born in Bow, N.H., May 12, 1793. He resided most of his life in Pittsfield, and was a cabinet-maker by trade. The maiden name of his wife was Sarah Thorndike, and his family consisted of three children. He lived to the age of seventy-eight years, and his wife was seventy-six years old when she died.
Charles H. Sargent, Dr. Sargent’s father, was born in Pittsfield, September 15, 1825. He followed the trade of a shoemaker for some time in connection with farming, and at one time he was overseer of a department of the Pittsfield cotton-mill. He was one of the prominent citizens of this town in his day, and was a member of the Board of Selectmen at the time of his death, which occurred February 1, 1872, when he was forty-seven years Almira Ring, was a daughter of Theodore and Betsey (Maxfield) Ring, of Loudon, N.H. She became the mother of six children, and the survivors are: Lena A.; Charles E.; Annie M.; and Frank H., the subject of this sketch. Charles E. married Nettie Shepherd, of Toronto, Canada; Annie M. is the wife of Henry F. Davis, of Haverhill, Mass. Mrs. Charles H. Sargent is now seventy-two years old, and resides at the old homestead in this town. She is a member of the Free Will Baptist church.
Frank H. Sargent acquired his early education in the common schools and at the Pittsfield Academy. His medical studies were begun at the Maine Medical School connected with Bowdoin University, and continued at Dartmouth College, from which he was graduated with the class of 1889. After completing his preparations with a course at the Postgraduates’ Medical School in New York City, he returned to Pittsfield, and commenced the practice of his profession. Since entering upon his medical career he has created a favorable impression throughout the broad circuit over which his professional duties extend, and as a result he has a large and constantly increasing practice. He succeeded to the ownership of the home farm, where he resides, and which he carries on successfully.
In politics Dr. Sargent is independent. He has occupied all the important chairs in Suncook Lodge, No. 10, I. O. O. F. In his religious views he is a Congregationalist.