Plymouth County Biographies

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Dr. Frank George Wheatley

Dr. Frank George Wheatley of Abington, an honored member of the society, passed away in 1926. The anna[u]l town report of that year was printed with a good likeness of the doctor as a frontispiece, inasmuch as every family in Abington wanted a picture of their friend and townsman. He had acted as moderator at the town meetings since 1891. In the same town report the library trustees had a memorial tribute printed as a part of their report. It was as follows:

"In the passing of Frank G. Wheatley, chairman since 1911 and member from 1896, the Board of Library Trustees met the heaviest loss it could sustain. For thirty years, during a public life of exceptional distinction, he gave generously of his time and interest to the library. The Trustees desire to place on record their deep appreciation of the value of this service, to do honor to the qualities that made Dr. Wheatley a great figure in this community, and to offer to his memory the tribute of their lasting gratitude."

Dr. Wheatley was born in Woodbury, Vermont, in 1851. He was educated at the Vermont Seminary, Dartmouth College, and at the Vermont State Normal School. He was employed for a time as a teacher, but took his degree of Doctor of Medicine from Dartmouth in 1883. He practiced in Norwich, Vermont, before coming to North Abington. He had served as a trustee of the Massachusetts School for Feeble Minded, as a United States Pensioner Examiner, as associate medical examiner of the Second Plymouth District, professor of materia medica at Tufts College Medical School; was a member of the American Medical Association, Massachusetts Medical Society, American Therapeutic Society, Massachusetts Association of Boards of Health, John Cutler Lodge, Free and Accepted Mason; Pilgrim Royal Arch Chapter, Old Colony commandery, Knights Templar; Winthrop Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; member of the Abington School Commitee; served in the Massachusetts General Court as a representative in 1904 and 1905 and in the Senate in 1907 and 1908.

Source: "History of Plymouth, Norfolk and Barnstable Counties Massachusetts; Volume I" by Elroy S. Thompson. Pub. 1928. Page 130