DR. PORTEOUS was born August 4,
1842, at the Manse of Ricarton, Ayrshire, Scotland, his parents being Rev.
James Porteous and Jemima Baxter. His education was obtained from private
tutors, at the Ayr Academy, the Edinburgh Royal High School, and St.
Andrews and Edinburgh Universities, graduating as Physician and Surgeon;
afterward becoming Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Dr.
Porteous practised his profession at Liverpool, England, Kirkcaldy,
Scotland, and in 1889 came to the United States, and settled in Yonkers,
New York, where he has gained the highest distinction in his calling, and
has the fullest confidence and respect of the community.
Dr. Porteous has served as House
Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh; Visiting Surgeon of Liverpool
Dispensaries; ex-Consultant and Gynecologist at St. John’s Riverside
Hospital, Yonkers; late Visiting Physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital,
Yonkers, and at present is Consulting Physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
He has been a member of the Academy of Medicine, New York; the Edinburgh
Obstetrical Society, the British Medical Association, the American Medical
Association, New York Medical Society, and the Westchester Medical
Association; he has served as President of the Jenkins Medical Society,
and Vice-President of the Westchester Medical Association. He is a member
of Clan MacGregor of Yonkers, of Nepperhan Masonic Lodge, and of the First
Presbyterian Church, Yonkers; in politics he is a Republican.
In 1875, Dr. Porteous married Louise
Carlisle Mason, daughter of the late John M. Mason, attorney-at-law, New
York City. It is noteworthy that Mrs. Porteous’ great-great-grandfather
was the celebrated Dr. John Mason, sometime professor in the Reformed
Church College at Abernethy, Scotland, who came to America in 1762, and
became Chaplain to Washington, and a professor at West Point. Her
great-grandfather was the Rev. Dr. John M. Mason, a noted preacher, and
Provost of Columbia University, a position created specially for him.
Dr. Porteous is a man of commanding
physique, and strong, attractive personality, having a happy faculty of
making and holding friends. Yet, notwithstanding his honours and
distinctions, he is strikingly modest and unassuming in his intercourse
with his friends. His residence is 171 North Broadway, Yonkers, N. Y.