Morril, David Lawrence
- Donald B. Cole
Morril, David Lawrence (10 June 1772–28 January 1849), physician, clergyman, and politician, was born in Epping, New Hampshire, the son of Samuel Morril, a clergyman, and Anna Lawrence. David grew up in a comfortable, stable home. His father and paternal grandfather were Harvard-educated Congregational ministers; his maternal grandfather, David Lawrence, was a wealthy farmer in Epping. But when his father died in 1785, young David was sent to live first with his paternal grandfather, who wanted him to become a physician, and then with his maternal grandfather, who wanted him to run his farm. Not until his mother married Dr. Timothy Johnson of Epping was it decided that David should go into medicine. He spent the winter of 1790–1791 at Phillips Exeter Academy, studied for a few months with his stepfather, and then moved to Natick, Massachusetts, to practice medicine with his uncle Dr. Isaac Morril. By 1793 David Morril had set up his own practice in Epsom, New Hampshire, and within a year was married to Jane Wallace and building a house. The couple had no children. Morril later recalled that he was “quite happy” and that “a kind Providence smiled” upon him....