Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846

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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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referencedIn Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Thomas Jefferson letter to Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge [manuscript], 1825 November 14. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Papers of John Thornton Kirkland, and undated., 1788-1837 Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. A prospect of eradicating the small pox -- part the second..., 1790-1805 (inclusive). Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Tax declarations of property belonging to Bejamin Waterhouse, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1814 and 1815. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Letter from Benjamin Waterhouse to Eliphalet Pearson, April 10, 1805. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Letter: to the Reverend R. Elton /by Benjamin Waterhouse, 1837 Aug 4. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1606-1943, (bulk 1775-1826) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, R-Z, and unidentified. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846,. Autograph letter signed from Benjamin Waterhouse, Boston, to Christopher Champlin [manuscript], 1783 October 21. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Adams-Waterhouse letters, 1784-1837. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. On the difficulty of preserving the vaccine virus on thread or glass in very hot weather [manuscript], ca. 1801. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Papers, 1783-1841, undated. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
referencedIn Spalding, Lyman, 1775-1821. Minutes from a couple of Lectures on the Theory and Practice of Physic delivered by Benj. Waterhouse...of Harvard University, 1795. Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Letter to Caleb Strong, 1812. Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
creatorOf Hunter, John, 1728-1793. [Notes taken from] physiological lectures [delivered] by John Hunter., 1777-1778, [by Benjamin Waterhouse]. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
creatorOf Prescott, Mary Jackson. Papers, 1803-1809. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
referencedIn Papers, 1813-1852. Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
creatorOf Monroe, James, 1758-1831. Papers : concerning the American Revolution, 1774-1830. James Monroe Museum & Memorial Library
referencedIn Harvard University. Records relating to the Benjamin Waterhouse controversy, 1812. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, R-Z, and unidentified. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Waterhouse family. Collection of Waterhouse family papers, 1785-1836 (inclusive). Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
referencedIn Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1668-1983, Bulk, 1750-1850, 1668-1983 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Letter to Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse [manuscript], 1825 January 8. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Place book..., circa 1790-1803 (inclusive). Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Waterhouse, Louisa Lee, d. 1863. Journal, 1839-1841. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Vol. xiv. Jan.-June, 1702.Israel Feilding, Commissary-General in Ireland, Commissioner for Victualling the Navy: Letters to J. Ellis: 1688-1707.J-Dawson: Letters to J. Ellis: 1701-1706.Benjamin Chetwood, of the Custom House, Dublin: Correspondence w... British Library
creatorOf Adams, John, 1735-1826. ALS, 1813, April 9, Quincy, to Benjamin Waterhouse. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Wendell Phillips papers, 1555-1882 (inclusive) 1833-1881 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Memoranda of things and events to be transferred and extended..., circa 1842. Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
creatorOf Jones, Samuel, 1735-1814. Papers, 1759-1914. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. 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
referencedIn Warren, John, 1753-1815. History of medical school of Cambridge, ca. 1811. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848,. Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson [manuscript], 1814-1826. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Adams, John, 1735-1826. John Adams letter, 1821, Jun. 6, Quincy, Mass., to President James Monroe. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
referencedIn Vaughan, John, 1755-1841. Papers, 1768-1922 (inclusive). American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIa, 1743-1806 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Rush family. Papers, 1748-1878. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Autograph letter signed Benj. Waterhouse to Sir July 17, 1809. Wellesley College
referencedIn Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Letter, 1801 October 23, Washington [D.C.] to Henry Rose, n.p. William & Mary Libraries
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Topographico-medical remarks together with meteorological tables, or diary of the weather, made near the headquarters of the 2d Military Department, Cambridge, Mass. / Benjamin Waterhouse, 1816. National Library of Medicine
referencedIn Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Letter to Ellen Wayles Randolph Coolidge, 1825 November 14. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Adams, John, 1735-1826. Letters to Benjamin Rush and Mercy Otis Warren, 1813-1814. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Spalding, Lyman, 1775-1821. Papers, 1799-1820. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
referencedIn Rose, Henry. Letter, 1801 October 19, Alexandria, [Virginia] to [Thomas Jefferson], n.p. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891,. Draper manuscripts: Draper's historical miscellanies, 1720-1887. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. On the difficulty of preserving the vaccine virus on thread or glass in very hot weather, circa 1801. Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
referencedIn Marcet, Alexander, 1770-1822. Letter, 1804, Jan. 17 : Vienna, to Alexander Marcet. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
referencedIn Lewis Cass papers, Cass, Lewis, papers, 1774-1924 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Spalding, Matthias. Papers, 1801-1802, England. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, 1816 Feb. 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Papers of Benjamin Waterhouse, 1786-1836 (inclusive). Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
referencedIn Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Thomas Jefferson papers, 1606-1943 (bulk 1775-1826). Library of Congress
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Papers of Benjamin Waterhouse, 1797-1829 (inclusive). Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Memoirs, 1828-1836 (inclusive). Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Memoranda book, 1825-1841 (inclusive). Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Letter from Benjamin Waterhouse to Abraham Bishop, 30th June 1831. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn James Freeman Clarke family papers, 1777-1914. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Adams, John, 1735-1826. Letter to Benjamin Rush [manuscript], 1813 February 3. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Commonplace book, circa 1831. Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of American manuscripts, 1582-1843. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Vol. xvi. Jan.-Aug. 1703.Israel Feilding, Commissary-General in Ireland, Commissioner for Victualling the Navy: Letters to J. Ellis: 1688-1707.J-Dawson: Letters to J. Ellis: 1701-1706.Benjamin Chetwood, of the Custom House, Dublin: Correspondence wi... British Library
referencedIn John Vaughan papers, 1768 - Circa 1936, 1768 - Circa 1936 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. Lewis Cass papers, 1774-1924. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
referencedIn Bartlett, Levi, 1763-1828. Levi Bartlett letters, 1786-1802. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
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Death 1846-10-02

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