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Phelps, Guy Rowland (01 April 1802–18 March 1869), physician and insurance executive, was born in Simsbury, Connecticut, the son of Noah Amherst Phelps, occupation unknown, and Charlotte Wilcox. Growing up in a locally prominent family, he received his primary education in Simsbury and Suffield and then studied medicine under the direction of physicians John Bestore of Simsbury and Mason Cogswell. Phelps graduated from the Medical Institution of Yale College in 1825, spent the next several winters teaching school, and devoted his summers to additional medical studies. He then removed to New York City and continued his medical education under ...