Ebenezer Starr, M.D., son of Dr. Josiah Starr, of Weston, Mass., was born in Weston, August 24, 1768, and died in Newton Lower Falls August 24, 1830.
He was educated at Harvard College; studied medicine with Dr. Spring, of Watertown, and graduated from Harvard Medical College in 1789.
He settled in Newton Lower Falls in the year 1790. He was a prominent man there and had an extensive practice. He was honored with a seat in the House of Representatives for three years—1815-16-17. He served on a committee to prepare rules and regulations for the schools of Newton. September 19, 1808, Dr. Starr, with others, was appointed on a committee, in town meeting called for the purpose, to draw up a remonstrance against the embargo placed on our commerce and proclaimed in the December preceding.
He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and was Master of his lodge.
Prior to 1824 Dr. Starr was the principal physician at the Upper Falls. Like many men, the doctor had his peculiarities, and would be very apt to make some remark in the sick-room that would have a tendency to divert the minds of his patients from themselves and give them greater hopes of speedy recovery. Upon one occasion, when called to see a sick woman, who was very tall in stature—some six feet two or more inches—he found her standing, and proceeded with his usual methods for a diagnosis of the case, until he desired to see her tongue. Then he remarked, ‘If I had a ladder I would go up and see it.’
This remark turned the scale of the patient’s slight illness at once into recovery, and a second visit was unnecessary.
Dr. Starr married Miss Lydia Ware, daughter of John H. Ware, January 22, 1794. At his decease he left three sons and two daughters.”
Source: History of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Vol. 3, by D. Hamilton Hurd, J.W. Lewis & Co., Philadelphia, 1890, page 134