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date: 06 December 2019

Hopkins, Lemuellocked

(19 June 1750–14 April 1801)
  • J. K. Van Dover

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Hopkins, Lemuel (19 June 1750–14 April 1801), physician and poet, was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, the son of Stephen Hopkins and Dorothy Talmadge, prosperous farmers. Hopkins studied medicine, first with Jared Potter of Wallingford, then with Dr. Seth Bird of Litchfield. His own Litchfield practice, begun in 1776, was interrupted by his brief service with the American army during the revolutionary war. In 1784 he received an honorary master of arts degree from Yale and moved to Hartford, where he maintained his medical practice until his death there. He never married and had no children....

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