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Mayo, William Starbucklocked

(15 April 1811–22 November 1895)
  • John Evelev


Mayo, William Starbuck (15 April 1811–22 November 1895), author and physician, was born in Ogdensburg, New York, the son of Obed Mayo, a shipbuilder, and Elizabeth Starbuck. Descended from the first minister of Boston’s North Church, Rev. John Mayo, on his father’s side and the Nantucket whaling and merchant Starbuck family on his mother’s, Mayo attended an academy in Potsdam and, choosing a career in medicine, first studied under two local physicians and then attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. After completing his medical studies in 1832, Mayo practiced for a few years in Ogdensburg, but after suffering from ill health he took a tour of Spain and the Barbary Coast of North Africa. These travel experiences were the material on which Mayo based most of his subsequent work as an author. After his travels, Mayo relocated his medical practice to New York and began to write professionally. In 1851 he married Helen Stuyvesant. They had no children....

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