Anderson Abbott was born in Toronto on April 7, 1837. He attended school in Toronto and when his family moved to Chatham in the 1850s he attended the Buxton School under Reverend William King, and later Oberlin College in Ohio.

Map showing the Buxton School and the home of Reverend William King
A Sketch of the Buxton Mission and Elgin Settlement, Raleigh, Canada West
Birmingham, J.S. Wilson, 1866?

He graduated from the Toronto School of Medicine in 1861 and received his license to practice from the Medical Board of Upper Canada.

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Source: Special Collections, Toronto Public Library.