Solon Abbott, born in Brookfield, Vermont on December 8, 1856, was a doctor and prominent member of the Franklin community. Dr. Abbott was educated at the Normal School of Randolph and at the Barre Academy in Barre, Vermont before deciding to pursue a career in medicine. He attended the University of Vermont and continued his education at the Hahnemann Medical College of Chicago, graduating in 1882. He practiced medicine for two years in Morrisville, Vermont, nine years in Biddeford, Maine, and then moved to Franklin, Massachusetts in 1894 to continue his career as an expert in physical therapeutics. While serving as a doctor in Franklin, he was a member of the Massachusetts Homeopathic Medical Association, the Thurber Medical Association, and the New England Association of Physical Therapeutics. Dr. Abbott married Evvah Waite on October 17, 1883 and the pair had three children, Gladys Louise, Marjorie Irene, and Dorothy Waite.
Dr. Abbott was also deeply involved in the community of Franklin. He served as a member of the Franklin School Board for seven years, two of which he was chairman. He was a past master of the Excelsior Lodge, A.F. and A.M. and also a member of the New England Order of Protection, the Franklin Business Men’s Association, and the First Congregational Church.