Darlington, William, 1782-1863

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Birth 1782-04-28
Death 1863-04-23

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William Darlington was a physician and naturalist.

From the description of Papers, 1777-1863. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 122589373

From the description of Letters, 1836-1857. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 122316436

From the guide to the William Darlington papers, 1777-1863, 1777-1863, (American Philosophical Society)

From the guide to the William Darlington letters, 1836-1857, 1836-1857, (American Philosophical Society)

William Darlington was a resident of Chester County, Pa. A physician, botanist, and politician, he travelled to India as a ship's surgeon, served as a volunteer in the War of 1812, and was elected to three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He wrote on many subjects, especially natural history.

From the description of Practical astronomy, 1819. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 50337596

Botanist, physician, congressman, bank president, of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

From the description of Papers, 1788, [ca. 1800]-1863. (New York University). WorldCat record id: 477071239

Doctor and naturalist in Chester County, Pa.

From the description of William Darlington papers, 1843-1860, 1951. (Historical Society of Delaware). WorldCat record id: 70979431

Physician, botanist, and U.S. representative from Pennsylvania.

From the description of William Darlington correspondence, 1801-1834. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 152569242

William Darlington was born on April 28, 1782 and died on April 23, 1863, in Chester County, Pa. He received his medical degree in 1804 from the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania. He set up private practice in West Chester, Pa. and served as physician to the Chester County Alms House. During the War of 1812, Darlington served as an ensign in the "American Grays." He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to serve in the 14th and 16-17th Congresses of the United States (1815-1817, 1819-1823). As a statesman, Darlington was particularly interested in the abolition of slavery. After his departure from Congress, Darlington became the Pennsylvania State Canal Commissioner (1826), Prothonotary and Clerk of the Courts for Chester County (1826-1830), and State Commissioner in charge of state roads and railways (1830). He also was President of the Bank of Chester County (1830-1863). A renowned botanist, Darlington organized the Chester County Cabinet of Natural Sciences in 1826. His notable writings include Flora Cestrica (1837) and Agricultural Botany (1847). A species of Californian plants (Darlingtonia) was named after him. Darlington was a member of over 40 medical and scientific societies. He founded and served as president of the Chester County Medical Society.

From the description of Notes taken from Doctor Rush's lectures upon the institutes and practice of medicine, and on clinical cases, 1802-1804 / by William Darlington. (College of Physicians of Philadelphia). WorldCat record id: 145406546

From the description of Notes taken from the lectures of Philip Syng Physick, M.D., on surgery, 1803-1804 / by William Darlington. (College of Physicians of Philadelphia). WorldCat record id: 122523888

Physician Joseph Carson taught medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The College of Philadelphia's Medical School, founded in 1765, became known as the University of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Medicine In 1779.

From the guide to the Joseph Carson letters, 1789-1858, 1789-1858, (American Philosophical Society)


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