Barton, William P.C. (William Paul Crillon), 1786-1856

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Birth 1786-11-17
Death 1856-03-03

Biographical notes:

Zaccheus Collins was a merchant and botanist.

From the guide to the Zaccheus Collins botanical correspondence, 1805-1827, 1805-1827, (American Philosophical Society)

William Paul Crillon Barton, navy surgeon and botanist, was born in Philadelphia on 17 Nov. 1786 to William and Elizabeth (Rhea) Barton. He married Esther Sargeant in Sept. 1814. On 27 Feb. 1856 Barton died in Philadelphia. Barton received his A.B. from the College of New Jersey (Princeton) in 1805 and studied medicine under his uncle, Benjamin S. Barton, M.D., from 1805-1808. In 1808 he received his M.D. from the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania. After his residency at Pennsylvania Hospital (1809), Barton joined the U.S. Navy as an assistant surgeon. In the Navy, Barton was responsible for several major reforms of the medical department and hospitals. In 1842 he was appointed the first Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery of the Navy. A noted botanist, Barton held the academic posts of Professor of Botany at the University of Pennsylvania (1816-1828) and Professor of Materia Medica and Botany at the Jefferson Medical College (1828-1830). His most notable botanical writing is Vegetable Materia Medica of the United States (1818). Barton served as President of the Board of Medical Examiners (1852). He was elected a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia on 6 June 1815.

From the description of [Manuscript relating the early history of Jefferson Medical College, ca. 1830]. (College of Physicians of Philadelphia). WorldCat record id: 122489608


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