James Low was trained as a physician and is said to have graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1807. He seems to have emigrated to America and to have taken up residence if not also practice in Albany with Dr. William Mc Clelland another immigrant Scot who died in 1812.
In 1808, he was among those invited to the funeral of Henry J. Bleecker.
He was a member, officer, and often-times the named physician of a number of Albany-based civic organizations. He was vice-president of the Albany County Medical Society beginning in 1817 and its president in 1820. He also served as one of the city-appointed physicians to the poor.
In 1819, he advertized instruction in pharmacy, medical botany, and chemistry in an Albany newspaper. A former student characterized him as a "man of talent, classical scholar, [and] lover of books."
Ann Caldwell Low died in 1820. Dr. James Low only lived for forty years. He died in February 1822 and was buried in Saratoga. In July, Letters of Administration were issued on his estate in Albany County. In tribute, the Medical Society resolved to wear crepe armbands for thirty days. By the end of the year, his library and medical equipment were offered for sale.
Sources: The life of James Low has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.
first posted: 4/20/11