From the Biographical Review, Volume XXXIII, located at the Durham
Transcribed by Celeste MacCormack.
ROBERT SELDEN, M.D., a leading physician of Catskill, N.Y., residing at 271 Main
Street, was born in Shanesville, Ohio, on August 21, 1847, his parents being Dr.
Orrin G. and Catherine (Hall) Selden. His grandfather, Robert Selden, was a
Scotchman, by occupation a miller. He came to this country when his son Orrin
was seven years of age, and, settling in Massachusetts, worked at farming there
during the remainder of his life. The maiden name of his wife was Balfour.
Orrin Selden was brought up on a farm, and followed agricultural pursuits until
he became of age. His education was received in the common schools and in the
academy at Haverhill. While still a young man he went to Ohio, where he taught
school for some time. He subsequently studied medicine, and practised in Ohio
and Wisconsin. He settled in Catskill in 1877, and here he resided until his
death in 1894, one of the leading practitioners of this vicinity. His wife,
Catherine, was born in Winsted, Conn. She was the daughter of Reuben Hall, a
shoemaker by trade, who espoused the cause of the black man and early allied
himself with the anti-slavery party. He went South, and started a school and
Sunday-school for negroes at Fayetteville, but was burned out, losing all his
property. He then removed to Pennsylvania and later to Ohio, where he died at
the age of eighty. Orrin G. Selden and his wife were the parents of three
children, of whom there are living, Robert and Mary. Mrs. Selden died at that
age of fifty-two. She was brought up a Methodist, but after her marriage she
joined the Presbyterian church, of which her husband was a member.
Robert Selden spent his early life in Ohio. He read medicine with his father,
and then took a course at the Charity Hospital Medical College, of Cleveland,
from which he was graduated in 1870. He began practice at Shanesville with his
father, and continued there after the latter removed to Wisconsin. Subsequently
the father and son were associated in practice here until the death of the
father. Dr. Robert Selden has been here since 1882. He has a very large practice
and one that is constantly increasing. His patients are to be found not only in
the village, but in all the outlying districts.
Dr. Selden was married in 1880 to Charlotte E. Gardiner, daughter of William H.
Gardiner. She was born in Whitesboro, N.Y., where her father was a physician.
Later he went to Ohio. While there he received an appointment as post surgeon
for the army at Nashville, and while engaged in the discharge of the duties of
that position he was attacked with cholera, which proved fatal. His wife, Emily
Hull, bore him six children, of whom the living are: Mrs. Buss, of Cleveland;
Mrs. Selden; and Emily H. Dr. and Mrs. Selden have two daughters - Catherine E.
and Fannie, both of whom are attending school.
The Doctor is a member of the New York Medical Association, and has been its
vice-president; also a member of the Greene County Medical Society, of which he
has been president. He has read numerous valuable papers on medical subjects
before both organizations. He has been a Mason since 1870. He holds membership
in Catskill Lodge, No. 468, F. & A. M., of which he is a trustee and a Past
Master; in Catskill Royal Arch Chapter, No. 285, of which he is a charter member
and present High Priest; in Lafayette Commandery, K. T., of Hudson, of which he
is Past Commander; in Mystic Shrine, Cypress Temple, of Albany; in the Fraternal
Union of Anointed High Priests, which includes the highest officers from the
various Royal Arch Chapters of the State; and in the Association of Templar
Knights Commanders. He is medical examiner for a number of the largest insurance
companies and for the A.O.U.W., of which he is a member and has been for several
years financier. In politics the Doctor is a Democrat. He was Town Supervisor
for one year. His library, of which he is justly proud, is the largest and
finest private library in the county. Dr. and Mrs. Selden are members of St.
Luke Episcopal Church, and he has been for a number of years a vestryman.
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