Dr. Manly Michaels, 92, a dentist who practiced in Washington for 53 years and who lived in the city for 87 years, died Saturday at George Washington University Hospital. He had cancer.

Dr. Micheals, who was born in St. Matthews, S.C., moved here with his family in 1894. He got a job as a clerk with the Department of Agriculture and graduated from the Emerson Institute.

then he started working towards his degree as a doctor of dental surgery at George Washington University. He received in in 1912. He established a private practice here and continued it until 1965, when he retired because of failing eyesight.

In the course of his career, Dr. Michales was a member of the dental staff of the old Episcopal Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital. He also taught at Georgetown University Dental School and served as a clinician at dental meetings.

Dr. Michaels was a life member of the D.C. Dental Society, the American Dental Association and the American College of Dentists, a past president of the old National Capital Dental Society, a charter member of the Ash Pathology Club and a senior member of the Washington Dental Club.

He was a member of the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church. He also was a member of the Fossils Club and a former president of the Newcomers Club.

Survivors include his wife, the former Marjorie Katherine Newman, whom he married in 1915, of the Washington Presbyterian Home, where the Micheals have lived for the past three years; one son, Dr. William M., of Chevy Chase; one daughter, Gray M. Greenleaf of Potomac; a halfsister, Frances R. DeLong, and a halfbrother, William F. Rhodes, both of Washington; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggest that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Building Fund of the Washington Presbyterian Home, Washington, or to the memorial Fund of Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church