DR. BENJAMIN F. PAYNE, of Steubenville, a physician and surgeon of high standing, was born near the village of Chesterfield, Hampshire county, Mass., February 22, 1825. He is the son of Stephen and Sarah (Strong) Payne, the former a native of Connecticut, and the latter of Northampton, Mass. His father, who was a farmer by occupation, died when Benjamin was but nine years old. About two years after his death his widow removed with her children to Springfield, Mass., which was the home of Dr. Payne until he was about twenty-five years of age. His education was received in a district school near his birth place, the public schools of Springfield, the Round Hill high school of Northampton, and Amherst college. While pursuing his literary studies he determined to fit himself for the practice of medicine and his leisure time was devoted to the study of works bearing upon that subject. In 1850 he came to Ohio, and for three years studied medicine under the preceptorship of his brother, Dr. William Payne, of Warren. He then began the practice at Braceville, a town ten miles from Warren, and remained there between one and two years. He then located at Steuebnville, which has been his home ever since. He was graduated by the Eclectic Medical college, of Cincinnati in 1858 and for a period of five years he was a member of the faculty of the Eclectic Medical college, of Philadelphia. He has been eminently successful in his profession and by his practice, which has been both large and lucrative, he is permitted to spend his declining years in comfort and ease. Dr. Payne was married in June, 1849 to Mary S. Field, of Northampton, Mass. They have now lived together over forty years of happy wedded life. In politics the doctor is a republican, though he has carefully avoided giving himself up to partisanship. Dr. Payne, as one of Steubenville's oldest practitioners, possesses an extensive acquaintance, and is wherever known respected and esteemed.
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