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Cogswell, George, 1808-1901



  • Existence: 1808 - 1901

George Cogswell was born on February 5, 1808 in New Hampshire. He graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 1830. After graduation he set up practice in Bradford, Massachusetts. He also visited Europe and studied in London before declining a professorship in the medical department of one of the leading colleges in New England. Instead, Cogswell remained in local practice. Outside of medicine, Cogswell was a member of the electoral college of Massachusetts, a delegate from the sixth district of Massachusetts to the Chicago convention in 1860. In 1862, he was appointed, by President Lincoln, collector of internal revenue for the sixth district of Massachusetts, an office he was again appointed to in 1870 by President Grant. An active member in the organization of the recently formed Republican party in Massachusetts, Cogswell was an ardent supporter of the antislavery movement. He died on April 22, 1901.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

George Cogswell diary

Codex 003281
Identifier: 003281
Overview Diary of George Cogswell (1808-1901) of his trip to Europe where he visited hospitals and attended lectures on medicine in Paris, the center of medical investigation at the time. He also studied in London.

George Cogswell's "Materia Medica"

Codex 003280
Identifier: 003280
Overview "Materia Medica" [Medicines] written by George Cogswell in Hanover (1808-1901).