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Beatty, John (1749-1826), physician, army officer, and government official  

Sheldon S. Cohen

Beatty, John (19 December 1749–30 April 1826), physician, army officer, and government official, was born in Warwick, Pennsylvania, the son of Charles Clinton Beatty, a Presbyterian minister, and Anne Reading. John attended the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), where he was one of twenty graduates in the class of 1769. He received an A.M. there three years later. As an undergraduate, he was an original member of the school’s literary club, the American Whig Society. During the interval between his two degree awards, Beatty studied medicine under Dr. ...


Copeland, Royal Samuel (1868-1938), physician and U.S. senator  

Martin L. Fausold

Copeland, Royal Samuel (07 November 1868–17 June 1938), physician and U.S. senator, was born near Dexter, Michigan, the son of Roscoe Pulaski Copeland and Frances Jane Holmes, farmers. Young Copeland was educated in the public schools in the vicinity of Dexter and graduated from Michigan State Normal College at Ypsilanti. Following a brief stint of public school teaching, he attended and, in 1889, graduated from the Medical College, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Specializing in ophthalmology and ontology, he practiced medicine in Bay City, Michigan, from 1890 to 1895, leaving that practice to serve as professor at the Homeopathic Medical College at the University of Michigan from 1895 to 1908. Copeland exhibited certain political skills in his profession, rising to the presidency of the American Ophthalmological and Ontological Association. He extended his talents beyond his profession, becoming the Republican mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1901 and president of its board of education. He was also active in the Methodist church, serving as a delegate to the Methodist Ecumenical Conference in London in 1900 and three times as a delegate to the Methodist General Conference. In 1908 he married Frances Spalding; they had two children....


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Davis, John Wesley (1799-1859), physician and Indiana legislator  

Ralph D. Gray

Davis, John Wesley (16 April 1799–22 August 1859), physician and Indiana legislator, was born in New Holland, Pennsylvania, the son of the Reverend John Davis and Margaret Jones. The family later moved to Cumberland County, near Shippensburg, where John worked on the family farm, had brief apprenticeships with a clockmaker and a storekeeper, and then began the study of medicine in the office of George D. Fouke of Carlisle. As part of his medical study, Davis attended medical lectures at the University of Maryland in Baltimore during the winters of 1819–1820 and 1820–1821. In the fall of 1820 he married Ann Hoover of Shippensburg, with whom he had ten children. After graduating from medical school in April 1821, Davis began practicing medicine in Pennsylvania and then in Maryland, but he realized only a modest return. In 1823 he moved to Carlisle, Indiana, where he established a successful medical practice and soon entered public life....


Judd, Gerrit Parmele (1803-1873), physician, medical missionary, and Hawaiian government official and adviser  

Lela Goodell

Judd, Gerrit Parmele (23 April 1803–12 July 1873), physician, medical missionary, and Hawaiian government official and adviser, was born in Paris, New York, the son of Elnathan Judd, Jr., a physician, and Betsey Hastings. Being the eldest son of a physician, Judd took an early interest in the medical profession and attended medical school in Fairfield, Herkimer County, where he received his M.D. in 1825. In 1826 Judd dedicated his life to the missionary cause as directed by the Boston-based Congregational American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM). At this time the board was recruiting missionaries for the third company to join the Sandwich Islands Mission in Hawaii in the fall of 1827....


Newell, William Augustus (1817-1901), governor of New Jersey, U.S. representative, and physician  

Lex Renda

Newell, William Augustus (05 September 1817–08 August 1901), governor of New Jersey, U.S. representative, and physician, was born in Franklin, Ohio, the son of James Hugh Newell, a civil engineer and cartographer, and Eliza D. Hankinson. Newell’s parents were longtime New Jerseyans, but Newell was born while his parents were on an extended visit in Ohio. In 1819 his family returned to Freehold, New Jersey, where Newell attended the public schools. He graduated from Rutgers College in 1836, and he earned a degree in medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1839. He first practiced under the tutelage of his uncle in Manahawkin before establishing his own practice in Imlaystown. In 1844 he moved to Allentown, which would be his permanent New Jersey residence. He married Joanna Van Deursen (c. 1837); they had three children....