John R. Hartshorn, M.D., was born in Lebanon, Madison county, NY, in August 1813. He graduated at Fairfield Medical College at the age of twenty-one years, and settled at Alfred Centre in 1835. He was a successful practitioner and became a leading physician, extending his practice into adjacent towns over a wide district of country. As an indication of his popularity in his profession we might state that during his practice he had more than forty medical students under his instruction. In 1852 he was elected to the Legislature of this State, where he served with diligence and ability. He died June 12th, 1871, aged fifty-seven years.