Ramsay, David, 1749-1815

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David Ramsay was born April 2, 1749 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a friend and student of the physician Benjamin Rush. After practicing medicine in Maryland for one year, he moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where he immersed himself in local politics and society. He served as a member of the Charleston Council of Safety, member of the South Carolina legislature and Privy Council, Continental Congress, and United States Congress. Ramsay was an early member of the newly formed Medical Society of South Carolina and was elected president in 1798. He was an early advocate for the creation of a Medical College of South Carolina in Charleston. He authored numerous works on medicine and history, including A dissertation on the means of preserving health in Charleston and the Lowcountry (1796) and The history of the revolution of South-Carolina, from a British province to an independent state (1785). On May 8, 1815 he was shot dead on Broad Street in Charleston by an unstable patient whose insanity he had certified previously.

From the description of David Ramsay Letters. 1777-1813. (Medical University of South Carolina Library). WorldCat record id: 182855615

American physician, historian and member of the Continental Congress.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Charleston, to the Reverend Benjamin Trumbull, 1792 Mar. 7. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270616164

From the description of Autograph letter signed : "In Senate," to John Hart, the Sheriff of Charleston, 1796 Dec. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270616159

Physician and politician of Charleston, South Carolina.

From the description of Document, undated, [post 1815 : Charleston, South Carolina]. (Duke University). WorldCat record id: 35283392

Physician, historian, South Carolina state legislator, and U.S. Continental Congressman.

From the description of David Ramsay trust estate account, 1813. (The South Carolina Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 36865485

Charleston, South Carolina physician and historian. David Ramsay was a South Carolina Representative, South Carolina Senator, and a United States Continental Congressman.

From the description of A Dissertation on the manner of acquiring the character & privileges of a citizen of the United States, 1802. (The South Carolina Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 32141223

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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referencedIn Charles Willson Peale letterbooks, 1767-1827, 1767-1827 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIa, 1743-1806 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Joseph Carson letters, 1789-1858, 1789-1858 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Hutson, Richard, 1748-1795. Richard Hutson letterbook, 1765-1777. South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
referencedIn William McClure & Company. Bond receipt, 1800 July 5. South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
creatorOf Ramsay, David, 1749-1815. David Ramsay trust estate account, 1813. South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
referencedIn William McClure & Company. Agreement with David and Martha Ramsay, 1800. South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
referencedIn Peale, Charles Willson, 1741-1827. Letterbooks, 1767-1827. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Johnson, Francis Bonneau, 1881-1958. David Ramsay / Francis B. Johnson. Medical University of South Carolina Libraries
referencedIn Book Trades collection, 1726-1939. American Antiquarian Society
referencedIn Carson, Joseph, 1808-1876,. Letters, 1789-1858. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Ramsay, David, 1749-1815. Letter to Henry Dana Ward, 1796 August 31. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Papers, 1775-1935. Houghton Library
creatorOf Baron, Alexander, 1745-1819. Petition, 7 Dec. 1793 to the honorable David Ramsay, President, and the honorable members of the Senate of the State of South Carolina / Alexander Baron. Medical University of South Carolina Libraries
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Library. Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection. 1668-1983. American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Andrews, John, 1743-1822. Andrews-Eliot correspondence, 1715-1814. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Hayne, Robert Young, 1791-1839. Contract with Thomas C. Fay, 1817. South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
creatorOf Ramsay, David, 1749-1815. Autograph letter signed : Charleston, to the Reverend Benjamin Trumbull, 1792 Mar. 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Rush family papers, 1748-1876 Library Company of Philadelphia
referencedIn Ramsay, David, 1795-1826. Letters to Matthew Carey, 1818. South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
referencedIn Letters to Charles Eliot Norton and other papers, 1702-1952. Houghton Library
referencedIn Benjamin Vaughan Papers, 1746-1900 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn E. B. Washburne autograph collection, 1766-1888. Houghton Library
creatorOf Ramsay, David, 1749-1815. Letter, 29 October 1808 to Dr. John Coakley Lettsom / David Ramsay. Medical University of South Carolina Libraries
creatorOf Ramsay, David, 1749-1815. Letter, 1805 May 19, Charleston, [South Carolina] to [Thomas] Jefferson, [Washington D.C]. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Hayne, Robert Young, 1791-1839. Robert Young Hayne papers, 1808-1839. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Ramsay, David, 1749-1815. Letter, 1796 June 18, Charleston, to Rev. Dr. Belknap, Boston. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Vanderhorst, John, d. 1787. John Vanderhorst papers, 1774-1804 (bulk 1786-1804). South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
creatorOf Ramsay, David, 1749-1815. A Dissertation on the manner of acquiring the character & privileges of a citizen of the United States, 1802. South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
creatorOf Ramsay, David, 1749-1815. Autograph letter signed : "In Senate," to John Hart, the Sheriff of Charleston, 1796 Dec. 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Jackson, James, 1757-1806. Papers, 1775-1843. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Ramsay, David, 1749-1815. Document, undated, [post 1815 : Charleston, South Carolina]. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
creatorOf Ramsay, David, 1749-1815. David Ramsay Letters. Medical University of South Carolina Libraries
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Charleston (S.C.)
United States
Massachusetts--Charlestown
South Carolina
Broughton Island (Ga.)
South Carolina
South Carolina--Charleston
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Medical education--United States
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Creditors' bills
Physicians
Debtor and creditor
Municipal water supply
Receipts (financial records)
Medicine
Obligations (Law)
Citizenship
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Birth 1749-04-02

Death 1815-05-08

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