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Hamilton, Alexanderlocked

(26 September 1712–11 May 1756)
  • Robert Micklus

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Hamilton, Alexander (26 September 1712–11 May 1756), physician and writer, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of Mary Robertson and William Hamilton, professor of divinity and principal at the University of Edinburgh, where Hamilton received his medical degree in 1737. Following the example of his oldest brother, John, Hamilton emigrated to Maryland in 1738 to establish a medical practice. By the time he died eighteen years later, he was regarded as “the most eminent Physician in Annapolis” (Upton Scott, Howard Family Papers, Maryland His. Soc.). In 1739 Hamilton joined the Ugly Club of Annapolis (the immediate precursor of the Tuesday Club), and in 1743 he was elected common councilman of Annapolis, an office he held until his death. By that time he was suffering from signs of consumption. To improve his health, he spent the summer of 1744 away from the muggy Maryland climate touring the northern colonies. Along the way, he kept a diary of his observations, the ...

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