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John Martin Fraser


London, Ontario, B. A., M. D., Member Royal College of Surgeons, England; Member Obstetical Society of Dublin; Professor Principles and Practice of Medicine, in Western University, London, Ontario; Surgeon of 7th Fusiliers, was born in the township of Westminster, County of Middlesex, on August 12th, 1836. He is the son of Donald and Jane Fraser, the maiden name of his mother being Martin. His father was a native of Inverness, Scotland, and his mother was born near Newry, in the County of Down, Ireland. Mrs. Martin was a sister of the well known home ruler and patriot, John Martin, who was a representative for the County of Meath, in the British parliament. The parents settled in Westminster, Ontario, two years before the birth of the subject of this sketch, and here they resolved to carve our a fortune for themselves. After young Fraser had mastered the primary branches, he entered the Grammar school, at London; and when his term was completed, he went to Queen's College, Kingston, where he entered upon the study of arts and medicine, taking out his degree at the Kingston University. He likewise attended the Lednich School of Medicine, at Dublin, Ireland. Since first beginning practice, Dr. Fraser has been most energetic in his professional work, and his repute for learning, and the success that has attended his skill, have brought him a firmly established and lucrative business. He has always been interested in militia affairs, and at present is the surgeon of the 7th Fusiliers, of London, Ontario, and he served in this capacity, throughout the North West rebellion of 1885. In educational affairs, he has likewise taken a great interest, and he has been trustee of the public and grammar schools, of London. He also took a very active part in the establishment of the London General Hospital, and the Medical Department of the Western University. His connection with secret societies has been confined to the Masonic and Oddfellows' order. In politics, Dr. Fraser is a Conservative; but he is not aggressive, and as a rule contents himself with casting his vote for the party that has his preference. In religion he has always been a zealous and highly respected member of the Presbyterian communion. He married on February 1st, 1866, Sarah Braerton Wilson, second daughter of the late William Wilson, of Morpeth, Ontario. We may say that Dr. Fraser began his professional career in Morpeth, in 1861, continuing here for three years, when, after a year's additional medical study in Europe, he established himself at Ridgetown, where he remained till 1868, in which year he settled down permanently in London. Dr. Fraser is associated in partnership with Dr. Wilson.


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