Charlemont — The Professions
Extracted from "History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts, Volume II," by Louis H. Everts, 1879.
Some time before the Revolution, Dr. Moses Heaton located in Charlemont as the physician of the town. He was followed by Dr. Stephen Bates, who lived a mile east of the village, and who was in practice until after 1820. He was succeeded by his son, William K., and he in turn by his brother, Stephen, Jr., the latter living at the village at the time of his death. Others in practice have been Drs. George Winslow, Merritt F. Potter, David B. Hawks, Ashmun H. Taylor, George M. Hanner, and James N. Fitch. At present Dr. H. Temple is in practice here.
Those practicing law in town have been Joseph Bridgman, Joseph P. Allen, Emory Washburn, Edwin H. Porter, and Sylvester Maxwell, the latter for many years an able and honored lawyer.
Among the graduates of colleges have been Jedediah Bushnell, Roswell Hawks, Samuel Leonard, Constant Field, James Ballard, Stephen Bates, Joseph White, Joseph Hawks, Daniel Rice, M. F. Potter, Theron M. Hawks, Wm. Legate, etc.
Aaron Rice was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1780, Asahel Judd in 1820, and Rev. Aaron Foster in 1853.
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