Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846

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Dates:
Birth 1754-03-04
Death 1846-10-02
Americans

Biographical notes:

Letter regarding Waterhouse's teaching at Harvard Medical School and his membership in the Massachusetts Medical Society.

From the description of Letter to Caleb Strong, 1812. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 231052789

Benjamin Waterhouse (1754-1846) was the Hersey Professor ofthe Theory and Practice of Physic at Harvard Medical School from 1783 to 1812. He was given an honorary degree by Harvard in 1786. He earned an MD from Leyden in 1780. He also was a professor of Natural History at Brown University from 1784 to 1791.

From the description of Tax declarations of property belonging to Bejamin Waterhouse, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1814 and 1815. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77070000

American physician-Prof. in Harvard Medical School.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, 1816 Feb. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270660184

Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse (1754-1846), physician of Cambridge and Boston, was an early user of Dr. Jenner's vaccinating methods.

From the description of Letter: to the Reverend R. Elton /by Benjamin Waterhouse, 1837 Aug 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702128527

Physician, pioneer in vaccination, medical superintendent of all military posts in New England, 1813-1820.

From the description of ALS, 1814 September 7 : Cambridge, to Dr. James Tilton, Physician General of the Armies of the U.S., Wilmington, Delaware. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 14365497

Waterhouse (Leyden, M.D. 1780) Hersey Professor of Theory and Practice of Physic at Harvard, introduced vaccination against smallpox into the U.S. He was the first professor of medicine at Harvard, the first to give a course of lectures on natural history at Rhode Island College (Brown) in Providence, founder of the botanical garden at Cambridge, Mass., and curator of the collection of minerals at Harvard.

From the description of Papers of Benjamin Waterhouse, 1786-1836 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122561055

From the description of Papers of Benjamin Waterhouse, 1797-1829 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122576002

U. S. physician; pioneer of vaccination in U. S.

From the description of Papers, 1783-1841, undated. (Duke University). WorldCat record id: 31930993

Benjamin Waterhouse (1754-1846), a physician and Harvard Medical School professor, was born in Newport, Rhode Island on March 4, 1754. He studied medicine in Europe and returned to the United States in 1782 to serve as the first Hersey Professor of Theory and Practice of Physic at the Harvard Medical School and as a Fellow at Rhode Island College (now Brown University). Beginning in 1788, Waterhouse also gave annual lecture courses at Harvard on natural history, mineralogy, and botany, and managed Harvard's mineral cabinet. In 1800, Waterhouse became the first physician to test a smallpox vaccine in the United States. Waterhouse was removed from the Hersey Professorship in 1812, and he died on October 2, 1846.

Eliphalet Pearson (1752-1826; Harvard AB 1773) was Harvard's second Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages from 1786 until 1806. In addition to his duties as a professor, Pearson contributed to Harvard committees and occasionally represented the school before the Massachusetts General Court. In 1800 he was elected a fellow of the Harvard Corporation, and was active in College affairs. After the death of Harvard President Joseph Willard on September 24, 1804, Pearson became interim President. Pearson resigned from the Corporation and as professor on March 8, 1806.

From the description of Letter from Benjamin Waterhouse to Eliphalet Pearson, April 10, 1805. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 733094137

Benjamin Waterhouse (1754-1846) was the Hersey Professor ofthe Theory and Practice of Physic at Harvard Medical School from 1783 to 1812. He was given an honorary degree by Harvard in 1786. He earned an MD from Leyden in 1780. He also was a professor of Natural History at Brown University from 1784 to 1791.

Abraham Bishop (1763-1844), was a Jeffersonian politician. He was the collector of the port of New Haven from 1803 to 1829.

From the description of Letter from Benjamin Waterhouse to Abraham Bishop, 30th June 1831. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77069996

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  • Vaccination
  • Diaries
  • Botany
  • Vaccines--Preservation
  • Physicians
  • Botany--Study and teaching
  • Drug Storage
  • Physicians--Correspondence
  • Manuscripts
  • Smallpox--history
  • Minerals--Collection and preservation
  • Writing
  • Mineralogical museums
  • African Americans--Sources
  • Property tax
  • Mineralogy--Study and teaching
  • Smallpox--Preventive inoculation
  • Autobiographies
  • Smallpox--Vaccination--History
  • Climate
  • Geography
  • Smallpox
  • Plants--Classification
  • Commonplace-books
  • Vaccines
  • Unitarianism
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  • Medicine, Military
  • Agriculture
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  • Massachusetts--Cambridge (as recorded)
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  • United States (as recorded)
  • Massachusetts--Cambridge (as recorded)
  • Canterbury, Kent (as recorded)