Richard H. Page, M.D.
Richard H. Page, M.D., who died at his home in Columbus, Burlington
County, N.J., in 1890, was for thirty years a successful medical
practitioner, and was actively interested in various local business
enterprises. He represented the third generation of the family in the
medical profession, both his father and grandfather having been well-known
physicians in their day. The Page family is one that has figured
prominently in the business and industrial development of this locality
for many years. Dr. Page was born in Evesham township, Burlington County,
in 1829. He was a son of Thomas Page, M. D., and grandson of William Page,
M. D., both of whom were graduates of the University of Pennsylvania.
Richard H. Page commenced the study of medicine with Samuel G. Morton, M. D., of Philadelphia, and was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. He settled in Columbus, where he acquired a large and profitable practice; and he was well and favorably known throughout this section of the county. He took a deep interest in improving the business facilities of the town, being instrumental in securing the construction of the railroad, to which he rendered financial support; and he also served for some time as secretary and treasurer of the company. He was likewise associated with john Bishop in the coal and lumber trade; and, aside from his unusual professional activity, he was a conspicuous figure in business circles. As a member of the Burlington County Medical Society he wrote valued and interesting articles to be read at their meetings, and he frequently spoke upon various subjects relative, to science and professional advancement. In his religious views he was an Episcopalian, and he was earnestly interested in church work.
He finally retired from active life, and died at the age of eighty-one
years. Judge Wills was the organizer of the mount Holly Bank, and was its
President up to the time of his death, when he was succeeded is that
office by his son Augustus. He married Rebecca R. Black, daughter of
William Black, a prominent farmer of Columbus, who died here at the age of
eighty years. Mr. Black was the father of seven children. Judge and Mrs.
Moses Wills became the parents of seven children, five of whom grew to
maturity, and of these three are now living, namely: Edward; George; and
Elizabeth French, who is Mrs. Page. Edward Wills is now President of the
Mount Holly Bank, he having succeeded his brother Augustus, who died while
occupying that position. Mrs. Page's parents were originally members of
the Friends' Society, but later attended the Orthodox church. Her mother
lived to reach the age of eighty-seven years.
Source: Biographical review: containing life sketches of leading citizens of Camden and Burlington Counties, New Jersey, Biographical Review Publishing Co., Boston, 1897.
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