Horatio Lay

(1828-1900). Pioneer Seventh-day Adventist physician and editor of the Health Reformer . He was born in the state of New York and reared in Pennsylvania, where he was apprenticed to a physician for the study of medicine. Having graduated from Western Reserve College at Cleveland and from Detroit Medical College, he began his practice at Allegan, Michigan. In 1852 he married Julia M. Barber, and about four years later joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church through the influence of M. E. Cornell. In the early 1860s he took his wife, who had become ill, to a “water-cure” institution operated by Dr. J. C. Jackson at Dansville, New York, and apparently at the same time joined its staff and acquired practical experience in what was termed “rational medicine.” Some three years later he r...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.