Dr. WESTCOTT Amos

Dr. WESTCOTT Amos[1]

Male 1815 - 1873  (58 years)

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  • Name WESTCOTT Amos 
    Prefix Dr. 
    Born 28 Apr 1815  Newport, Herkimer, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID CDA00D38EB9ED5118A06444553540000E12A 
    Died 6 Jul 1873  Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • (OBIT: Having received a civil engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute he became a teacher at the Pompey Academy. He then attended Geneva College and Albany medical College and became a dentist. He helped found the New York State Dental Society, was its first president and was the editor of "Surgeon's Monthly".

      Westcott settled in Syracuse where he had his dental practice. He was also granted many patents for locks, cranks, fans and other implements.

      In 1860 he was elected Mayor of Syracuse on the Republican line. His involvement in the Cardiff Giant incident was to haunt him the rest of his life. He was a financial backer of this hoax and when it was exposed he was so humiliated that he took his own life a few years later.

      Parents G. & W.K. Westcott

      The above courtesy of Diane L. Medvitz

      OBITUARY. DR. AMOS WESTCOTT. At a meeting of the dentists of Syracuse, held at the office of Dr. Charles Barnes, for the purpose of taking suitable action relative to the loss the dental profession has sustained in the sudden demise of Dr. Amos Westcott: Dr. James Chandler was elected Chairman, and Dr. F.D. Nellis, Secretary. Drs. S.C. Dayan, S.B. Palmer and Chas. Chandler were appointed a committee on resolutions, when the following preamble and resolutions were submitted for consideration, and unanimously adopted: Whereas, a mysterious Providence has removed from our midst Amos Westcott, M.D., D.D.S., one of the oldest dentists of this city; therefore,

      Resolved, That in the death of Dr. Westcott, the profession of dentistry has lost one of its foremost members, one who has done as much as any member of the profession to promote its advancement and growth, who, both as a writer and teacher, instilled into the minds of students the most valuable principles of our practice, the beneficial effects of which are as extensive as civilization itself, and whose name is honored by dentists throughout the world.

      Resolved, That while we testify to the pre-eminence enjoyed by the deceased in the dental profession, we bear witness with equal emphasis to his worth and uprightness as a man. Genial in manner, he always stood ready to assist, by his counsel, those who were struggling upwards, taking a deep interest in the welfare of his fellow-men, and especially of the city of his adoption.

      Resolved, That we deeply sympathize with the afflicted family in their sad bereavement.

      Resolved, That, as a further mark of respect, we, the dentists of Syracuse, attend the funeral of the deceased in a body.

      Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be transmitted to the family of the deceased, and that the same be published in the daily papers of this city and in the leading dental journals of the country. F.D. NELLTS, Secretary.

      Dr. Westcott was quoted almost 20 years after his death by Dr. Frank French of Rochester, N.Y. In a paper entitled Orthodontia read before the joint meeting of the First and Second District Dental Societies of the State of New York, at the New York Academy of Medicine, December 13, 1892.

      The late Dr. Amos Westcott, of Syracuse, to whom the dental profession owes a large debt of gratitude, used to say the best way to treat a case of irregularity of the teeth was to send it to some other dentist. If you cannot do this, then take your impressions, make your models, take plenty of time to study the case, decide upon the best plan to pursue (but do not tell your patient, for the chances are you will change it half a dozen times), then estimate what it will be worth, and do this upon a very liberal basis, then double your estimate, and you will always find you have lost money.

      The following dentists were known from their obituaries to have served a preceptorship in Dr. Amos Westcott's office.

      Dr. Henry S. Nash (-12 Sep 1901), New York City
      Dr. Ransom Walker (13 Oct 1818-31 Jul 1894), Oswego, NY

      Dr. Westcott was also married to Harriet Nash in 1857 after the death of his first wife.)
    Buried Aft 6 Jul 1873  Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    Oakwood AKA Morningside Cemetery 
    Westcott family gravestone
    Westcott family gravestone

    WESTCOTT


    Plot:
    Sect 13 plot 55

    Person ID I18212  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2018 

    Father WESTCOTT Gorton,   b. 3 Sep 1773, , , Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1847, , Cortland, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother KNIGHT Waity,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married BY 1803  [2
    Family ID F47859  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 NASH Harriet,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1857  [1
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F47858  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 BABCOCK Clara,   b. 5 Apr 1819, Truxton, Cortland, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1855, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Married BY 1843  Truxton, Cortland, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Children 
     1. WESTCOTT Edward Noyes,   b. 27 Sep 1846, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1898, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F7013  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Oakwood AKA Morningside Cemetery - Aft 6 Jul 1873 - Syracuse, Onondaga, New York
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    Dr. Amos Westcott
    Dr. Amos Westcott

    Carte De Visite (CDV) of Dr. Amos Westcott, MD, DDS a practicing dentist and one of the founders of The American Journal of Dental Science and the first president of the New York State Dental Society. He is holding in his right hand a diploma presumably from the Albany Medical College from which he was an early graduate or possibly his DDS degree. BZS collection.


  • Sources 
    1. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial #71935648 10/22/2012.

    2. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial #82181001.

    3. [S103] Book-Noyes-The Noyes Descendants, Vol. II, p.111.