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St. John, Dr. David


    Dr. David St. John is descended from Matthias St. John (Sention) who came from England in l635, settling in New England. His grandfather, Noah St. John, removed to New York State upon his marriage with Elizabeth Waterbury, of Waterbury, Conn. Dr. St. John was born in Berne, Albany County, New York, in 1850, his father being David St. John and his mother, Mary Johnson of Scotch ancestry.

    After pursuing a preparatory course in the Albany Schools, he commenced the study of

medicine with Dr. H. W. Bell of Berne, N. Y., afterward entering the office of Professor James H. Armsby, of Albany, N. Y., then the leading surgeon in that part of the state. He took courses of lectures at the Albany Medical College, Buffalo Medical College, and Bellevue Hospital Medical College, graduating from the latter institution in 1875. He located in Hackensack where he has become prominent in his profession, and has been closely and prominently identified with all matters of town interest.

    In 1888, realizing the great advantages that a hospital would offer for the better treatment of a class of medical and surgical cases, Dr. St. John conceived the idea of organizing the Hackensack Hospital, and while his energetic and untiring efforts in its behalf have been ably seconded by all classes of citizens, his indefatigable labors have been the primary cause of its great success. He is President of the Medical Board, and visiting physician and surgeon to this institution, ex-President and member of the Bergen County Medical Society; a member of the New Jersey State Medical Society; New York State Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He was appointed by Governor Griggs one of the managers of the State Hospital for the Insane, Morris Plains, and is surgeon for the Erie Railroad. He also performs a good share of the surgical work in the western portion of the County outside of his hospital practice. Associated with him as assistant is Dr. A. A. Swayze, graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Baltimore, Md.

    The doctor is First Vice President of the Hackensack Trust Company, a director of the Hackensack Bank and of the Gas and Electric Company of Bergen County, and President of the Hackensack Heights Association, owners of a large track of valuable real estate on Hackensack Heights.

    Dr. St. John is a courteous and dignified gentleman. Sympathetic and thoughtful, he gains the confidence of his patients as he does of others with whom he comes in contact.

    He was married in 1879 to Miss Jennie Angle, of Hope, New Jersey.  They have three children—Olive Graham, Fordyce Barker and Florence Angle.

James Van Valen, History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1900