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Cyrus M. Edson, MD

Birthplace: Albany, NY, USA
Death: Died in New York, NY, USA
Cause of death: pneumonia
Immediate Family:

Son of Franklin Edson, Mayor of New York and Frances "Fanny" Cameron Edson
Husband of Virginia Edson (Page) and Mary E. Edson
Father of Helen Augusta Sprague; Franklin Churchill Edson; Florence Edson; Ruth Renwick Robinson (Edson) and William Russell Edson
Brother of Franklin Edson, Jr.; David Orr Edson, MD; Henry Townsend Edson; Edith Edson; Robert Stewart Edson and 1 other

Occupation: Physician, Health Commissioner of NYC
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About Cyrus M. Edson, MD

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Cyrus Edson (185-91) graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University in 1881, and joined the staff of the City Health Department, eventually becoming Commissioner of Health. He served for three terms as President of the Board of Pharmacy of the City and County of New York. He was surgeon, and a Lieutenant Colonel in the New York State National Guard. He was vice-president of the American Society of Public Analysts. He was Commissioner of Health of New York Stat when Theodore Roosevelt was Governor. He published many articles and brochures on health subjects and invented many surgical instruments and methods. He was highly esteemed for his indefatigable opposition to the adulteration of food, drugs and drink. He discovered ASEPTOLIN, a "cure" for consumption (tuberculosis). The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography carried more details of his career.



Edson, Cyrus 1857-1903

Biographical Index to American Science. The seventeenth century to 1920. Compiled by Clark A. Elliott. Bibliographies and Indexes in American History, no. 16. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990. (BiInAmS)

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Volume 3. New York: James T. White & Co., 1891. Reprint. Volumes 1-50. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms, 1967-1971. Use the Index to locate biographies. (NatCAB 3)

The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans. Brief biographies of authors, administrators, clergymen, commanders, editors, engineers, jurists, merchants, officials, philanthropists, scientists, statesmen, and others who are making American history. 10 volumes. Edited by Rossiter Johnson. Boston: The Biographical Society, 1904. Reprint. Detroit: Gale Research,

1968. (TwCBDA) Who Was Who in America. A component volume of "Who's Who in American

History." Volume 1, 1897-1942. Chicago: A.N. Marquis Co., 1943. (WhAm 1) Biography & Genealogy Master Index (BGMI).


+ 3. i Franklin Churchill Edson b. 18-Apr-1882.

+ 4. ii Helen Augusta Edson b. 18-Apr-1882.

5. iii Florence Edson, b. 13-Apr-1883 in New York, New York Co, New York, # 185-142, b/o 43D25813, d. 4-Feb-1891 in New York, New York Co, New York.

+ 6. iv Ruth Lennox Edson b. 17-Mar-1886.

7. v William Russell Edson, b. 4-Jun-1888 in New York, New York Co, New York, # 185-144, b/o 43D25815, d. abt 0-Oct-1939 in New York, New York Co, New York. He married as his wife's third husband. She died shortly after he did. Pres., Mack Truck Co. There was no issue. He married Unknown __.

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Cyrus M. Edson, MD's Timeline

September 8, 1857
Albany, NY, USA
April 18, 1882
Age 24
New York, NY, USA
April 18, 1882
Age 24
April 13, 1883
Age 25
New York, NY, USA
March 17, 1886
Age 28
New York, NY, USA
June 4, 1888
Age 30
New York, NY, USA
December 2, 1903
Age 46
New York, NY, USA
- 1881
Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons