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Dr. William C. Spaulding




Watertown Democrat, 10 26 1865

Examining Surgeon

Dr. William C. Spaulding of this city has been appointed one of the examining surgeons of this state.All wishing to apply for a pension, or who are drawing pensions and wishing for the biennial examination required by the pension law, can call on him and receive the necessary certificates.




Was at one time Prominent in the medical circles of this city


After a long and lingering illness, W. C. Spaulding expired at his home on Second Street on last Saturday.In the death of the deceased the city of Watertown lost one of its highly respected and influential citizens.


Deceased was afflicted with intestinal trouble since serving a term as surgeon in the Civil War and although he suffered with acute pain of late, he bore his disease with Christian fortitude.


Dr. William Cowper Spaulding was born September 4, 1826, at Montpelier, Vt.When a boy he began the study of medicine with his father, James Spaulding, who was a noted physician, and graduated at the New York University in 1847.Two years later he removed to this city and began the practice of medicine and was considered one of the best physicians in this section of the state.


During the second year of the Civil War he was commissioned surgeon of the 29th Wisconsin Regiment, his commission bearing [the] date of September 3, 1862.He was with his regiment in the battles of Port Gibson and Champion Hills.After the surrender of Vicksburg Dr. Spaulding resigned, owing to poor health, and returned to this city where he continued in the practice of his profession up to the time of his death.


In 1855 he was married to Isabella McLaughlin who died soon after marriage and in 1857 he married Anna Amelia Potter, who preceded him to the grave about fifteen years ago.One child was born to them by this marriage, Mary Irvin Spaulding.On February 11, 1891, he married Mrs. Thaddeus McRae, nee Susan Potter, who with the daughter spoken of survive him.


Dr. Spaulding was a man of marked ability in his profession and a warm-hearted gentleman.He possessed a kind heart and was respected by the entire community.He was strictly a home man and was never so as when catering to the wishes of those dear to him.He was a member of Watertown Lodge No 49, F. and A. M . . . . and O. D. Pease Post No. 94, G. A. R.


The funeral was held from his residence, 217 Second Street, last Sunday afternoon services were conducted at St. Paulís Episcopal church by Rev. T. C. Eglin.The church was filled with friends who came to pay their last tribute to the deceased.The remains were laid at rest in the Oak Hill cemetery.The members of the Masonic fraternity and G. A. R. attended the funeral and marched with the procession to the cemetery.The following acted as pallbearers:George Webb, Frank E. Woodard, Wm. H. Woodard. Wm. D. Sproesser, Albert B. Lieberman and Wm. T. Sleight.†††† WR


1899-1900 Watertown City Directory



Spaulding, Dr

1859, Resumed practice

Spaulding, Dr

Early doctor

Spaulding, W C, Dr

1860, Fourth of July celebration participant

Spaulding, William C

1883, Pease Post charter member

Spaulding, William C

Civil War veteran, GAR Personal War Sketch, 1890



Webmaster's note:

††† Early plat map and some articles spell surname as "Spalding."



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