Harris, Chapin Aaron
- Milton B. Asbell
Harris, Chapin Aaron (06 May 1806–29 September 1860), a founder of American dentistry, was born at Pompey, Onondaga County, New York, the son of John Harris and Elizabeth Brundage. At eighteen years of age he began the study of medicine, surgery, and dentistry with his brother John at Madison, Lake County, Ohio. In 1826 he married Lucinda Hawley, with whom he would have nine children. Harris progressed rapidly in his apprenticeship and by 1827 was made a partner. However, during that year he moved to Canfield, Ohio, where he started the practice of medicine. The following year he changed his practice from medicine to dentistry. As was the custom of many practitioners of dentistry, for many years he was an itinerant, traveling and treating patients throughout the South. He practiced for a time in Greenfield, Ohio, but moved to Bloomfield in 1828 and settled in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he practiced dentistry full time until 1835. Having received a license to practice dentistry from the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland in 1833 no doubt influenced him to move to Baltimore permanently....