Barnes, Joseph K.
- Mary C. Gillett
Barnes, Joseph K. (21 July 1817–05 April 1883), U.S. Army medical officer and surgeon general, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph Barnes, for many years a judge of the Philadelphia district court. His mother’s name is not known. After attending a private school in Northampton, Massachusetts, Barnes entered Harvard University but was unable to complete his studies there because of poor health. After studying medicine with U.S. Navy surgeon Thomas Harris, later the navy’s surgeon general, he began attending lectures in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he received his M.D. in 1838. He then served a year as a hospital resident in Philadelphia and another year as physician to that city’s poor. The date of his marriage to Mary Fauntleroy is unknown; they had no children....