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Dr. Mary Bryan, Missionary and Physician

Dr. Mary Bryan became a physician at a time when women were still struggling to get the right to vote and certainly were not encouraged to attend college, let alone take up a profession. She was born in 1854 in Lisbon, NY the daughter of Miles and Sarah Martin Bryan. The family moved to Ogdensburg by 1863, residing on Greene St. She attended public schools, then taught in city schools for 9 years. In 1883 she resigned her teaching position to enter the Women’s Medical College in Philadelphia, receiving her medical degree in 1887. After practicing in Colorado Springs a short time, she went to New York City to become house physician in the Methodist Deaconess home. After two years, she went to India as a missionary and for the next 6 years, she had charge of a women’s hospital at Bareilly, a town located on the Ramganga River in India. Reportedly she treated 16,500 people annually. (Missionaries reported that 2.5 million people lived in the district.) While there she saved the…

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