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Thompson, Mary Harris (15 April 1829–21 May 1895), physician, was born near Fort Ann, New York, the daughter of John Harris Thompson, co-owner of an iron mine, and Calista Corbin. She attended a Methodist school, Troy Conference Academy, in West Poultney, Vermont, and then completed preprofessional education at Fort Edward Collegiate Institute at Fort Edward, New York. Owing to her father’s business difficulties, from age fifteen she had to support herself as a student by teaching at the schools she attended and at public schools. She studied astronomy, chemistry, physiology, and anatomy independently, and she successfully added the latter two subjects to the curricula at the schools where she taught....