Physician of Hudson, Columbia County, N.Y. Frary was born Nov. 15, 1793 to Giles and Prudence Stow Frary in Hudson (some records give the year as 1794). He studied medicine with Dr. Samuel White in his native town. After examination by the Columbia County Medical Society he obtained a license to practice medicine and surgery in 1815. Frary later continued his studies at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City where he was enrolled in 1818-1819. In 1836, he was granted an honorary doctor of medicine degree by Berkshire Medical College.
After a brief time practicing in Canaan, N.Y., Frary moved to Hudson where he remained until his death. He built a large practice and was considered one of the leading physicians in Columbia County. Frary was public health officer for Hudson for over thirty years and served as mayor in 1836, 1840-41, and 1846. He was elected Vice President of the Medical Society of the State of New York in 1845 and President in 1851.
Frary married Nancy Warner in 1819; they had seven children. He died at Hudson on Dec. 29, 1862.
This biographical sketch was based on obituaries in Trans Med Soc NY 1864, 435-440; Trans AMA, 16: 625-626 (1865); Med Surg Rep Phil, n.s. 9, 326 (1862-63), and from records in Ancestry.com, accessed July 11, 2011.