- James C. Mohr
Shaw, John (04 May 1778–10 January 1809), poet and physician, was born in Annapolis, Maryland. The names of his parents are unknown. A linguistically precocious boy, Shaw read classical literature at an age when most children were still mastering English. At age eleven he became one of the original students at St. John’s College of Annapolis, and he published poetry of his own when he was twelve. Shaw received a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s in 1796, then began two years of medical apprenticeship under John Thomas Shaaff of Annapolis....