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Rush, Benjamin, 1745-1813



  • Existence: 1745 - 1813


Benjamin Rush (January 4, 1746 [O.S. December 24, 1745] – April 19, 1813) was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence and a civic leader in Philadelphia, where he was a physician, politician, social reformer, humanitarian, and educator and the founder of Dickinson College. Rush attended the Continental Congress. He served as Surgeon General of the Continental Army and became a professor of chemistry, medical theory, and clinical practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Rush was a leader of the American Enlightenment and an enthusiastic supporter of the American Revolution.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Benjamin Franklin letter

Identifier: Mss 768222.1
Mss 768222.1
Date(s): 1768-03-22
Scope and Contents

Letter from Benjamin Franklin in London, to Benjamin Rush in Edinburgh, granting permission to dedicate his medical dissertation to him. Franklin's free-franked wrapper accompanies letter. Includes Brown's bibliographical note and typed transcript.

Benjamin Rush letter

Identifier: Mss 783329
Mss 783329
Date(s): 1783-05-19

In English.

John Adams letter

Identifier: Mss 812607
Mss 812607
Date(s): 1812-11-07
Scope and Contents

Three-page letter from John Adams at Quincy, Massachusetts to Benjamin Rush in which he refutes an article by certain citizens of Philadelphia in the "National Intelligencer" on war preparations, as well as citing the example of diverse animals in nature. Typescript transcription and carbon copy of typescript critical note laid in.