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Scots and Scots Descendant in America
Part V - Biographies
James Law, M.D.


TO the Christian physician is given a great opportunity for service to his fellowmen; administering through his skill to the needs of the body, and through his personality and example to the spiritual needs of his patients. Such a man is Dr. James Law, who not alone through his skill as a practitioner, but even more through his love and sympathy for little children, has won a high place among the authorities on children ‘s diseases.

Dr. James Law was born March 18, 1854, in Drumminor, Auchindoir, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the son of James Law and Ann Souter. He received his early education in the parish school of Rhynie, Aberdeenshire, under the Rev. George Stuart and Robert Rattery, and later in life was graduated from the University Medical College, New York City. Following in the steps of his father and grandfather, he began life as a carpenter, but after a few years was led to preach the Gospel in Shetland, the Orkneys, Scotland, Canada and the United States.

Since 1891, Dr. Law has been in the active practice of medicine in New York. For more than twenty years he gave practically all of his afternoons free to the poor of the city, conducting for them a private dispensary. Every year he saw and treated thousands of patients, a large proportion of whom were children, charging only a small fee for the medicine, to cover the actual cost. Within this period these fees totalled many thousands of dollars, which were administered by Dr. Law with ability and with true Christian service and sacrifice. But the value of such a work to the community cannot be reckoned in dollars and cents, nor the value to the giver. Such a man is truly enshrined in the hearts of all who know him. For many years, assisted by a number of efficient teachers, Dr. Law conducted in his dispensary rooms a mission Sunday School, which has a wide influence for good.

Dr. Law is a genial and attractive personality, and has the faculty of making and holding friends. He is well known and very popular among the Scottish people of New York. He is a fine public speaker and often presides over and addresses popular meetings.

Dr. Law is a member of the New York Academy of Medicine, the County Medical Society of New York, the Anierican Medical Association, the Harlem Medical Association and the Physicians’ Mutual Aid Association. He is Alternate Supreme Representative of the New York Grand Council, Royal Arcanum, is a member and has been presiding officer of the Royal Arcanum, National Union, the Loyal Association and the Foresters of America; he is a member of the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, the Order of Scottish Clans, President of the New York Scottish Home Rule Association, an honorary President of the International Scots Home Rule League, and a member of the Harlem Board of Commerce. He is the official physician of many of these organizations.

Dr. Law is the eldest of eight of a family now living, a brother and sister having died: five residing in America, one in New Zealand and two in Scotland. He has been twice married. His first wife was Miss Annie N. Cameron, who died after a lingering illness in 1911; afterward he married his late wife’s sister, Miss Mary E. Cameron. Mrs. Law began to teach at the age of eighteen and taught in the highest grades of the New York public schools with great efficiency. Dr. Law’s residence is 15 East 127th Street, New York.


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