Grover Cleveland Fisherman President
What do Grover Cleveland Fisherman President and Joseph Decatur, Dr Kassen Gibson and the small town I grew up in in Upstate NY have in common?
Grover Cleveland, who in my opinion was one of our best presidents was arguably one of the better fisherman and outdoors sportsmen presidents of all time. I will show some more on Mr. Cleveland, whom he and his wife had associations to 19th Century Lure, Rod and Reel makers of Upstate NY in the future. However a friend of mine shared this article the other day, and not only did it make sense to tie his travel to central NY with his sporting affinities, below is a great article about a Dr who my grade school in the sleepy town of Norwich NY was named after, Gibson Elementary.
Although Norwich, a sub 10K resident town which is known for its inventions such as Pepto Bismal, and Chloroseptic the area also had antique lure ties. Anyone whos done some research on Captian Henry Welch of the Welch and Graves Duo will notice the Norwich as his birthplace. So while doing research Ive come to know things I wish I knew and had interests in when I spent 18 years there.
Grover Clevland and his wife were spoken of highly and even written about in Henry Loftie Catalogs as users and purveyors of his rods and even his hair products also had another reason to visit upstate and the surrounding areas.
Joseph Decatur Bryant, MD, was a prominent New York surgeon who had been inspired to pursue the study of medicine by his teachers at the Norwich (NY) Academy. At the height of his career, he practiced his art in New York City and during this time he became friends with Governor Grover Cleveland. Their friendship lasted the rest of their lives. In 1893, newly elected President Cleveland (he served two non-consecutive terms) was starting his second four years in the White House when he became aware of a “sore spot” in his mouth. Several Naval doctors determined it was a carcinoma and Cleveland called upon his good friend, Dr. Joseph Bryant, for two reasons. Dr. Bryant was a highly skilled and respected surgeon and President Cleveland knew his friend would honor his request to keep the surgery secret.The surgery was performed on a private yacht, The Oneida, in the waters off of New York Harbor in the summer of 1893. Cleveland wanted this privacy because the long, lingering suffering and death of President James Garfield in 1881 following an assassination attempt had deeply distressed the nation. Secondly, President Cleveland had inherited an economic mess quickly sliding into a serious depression from his predecessor, Rutherford B. Hayes. Cleveland feared that if his health situation was revealed, it could damage public confidence and cause stock market disruptions at an already bad time.
Dr. Bryant honored the request and the extensive oral surgery went well. It […]