Frank Abbott was born in York County, Maine where he attended school. He farmed in Shapleigh, Maine until he was 16. Sorry I do not have any data to know if he actually graduated from school, but that is not what is important to this story. He also studied under the direction of Dr. J.E. Ostrander in New York.
During the American Civil War, he served as a lieutenant of the 115th New York Volunteer Infantry. Captured at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia where he was released from captivity as a part of a prisoner exchange. He died in 1897, at 60.
What you may not know about Frank is that he was a dentist by trade, he opened his own practice at 22 in Johnstown, New York. He was appointed as clinical lecturer in New York College of Dentistry and later as a Professor of Operative Dentistry.
In his spare time, he invented the first automatic mallet, with other various dental instruments still in use to this day.
Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of a smile, come on now show those pearly whites.