Pomeroy in Meigs County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
George Sumner Huntington
George Sumner Huntington was born on April 9, 1850, in East Hampton, Long Island, New York. His father and grandfather had both been medical practitioners, and George followed them into the medical profession, graduating from Columbia University in 1871 at the age of 21. The following year he moved to Pomeroy and married Mary E. Heckard. On February 15, 1872, Dr. Huntington traveled to Middleport to address the local medical society, composed of physicians of Meigs County, Ohio and Mason County, West Virginia. As a child, George had accompanied his father on sick calls, observing common and uncommon afflictions. On one such visit, he witnessed a family afflicted by chorea, a nervous disorder marked by uncontrollable and irregular movements of the arms, legs, and face. His address in Middleport, titled "On Chorea," referenced what would be known later as Huntington's Disease.
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George Sumner Huntington's February 1872 address in Middleport was published eight weeks later in the Medical and Surgical Reporter, published in Philadelphia. In three short paragraphs, Huntington described what he called hereditary chorea (now known as Huntington's Disease) as having three main features - a "hereditary nature," a "tendency toward
Erected 2002 by Huntington's Disease Society of America, Central Ohio Chaper, Meigs County Historical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 14-53.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 1.733′ N, 82° 1.738′ W. Marker is in Pomeroy, Ohio, in Meigs County. Marker is on Main Street (Ohio Route 833), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the former high school (now the Pomeroy Police Department), immediately east of Mark Porter Chevrolet. Marker is at or near this postal address: 320 E. Main Street, Pomeroy OH 45769, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Valentine Baxter Horton (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Village of Pomeroy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morgan's Raid Route / Meigs County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Meigs County Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Spanish Cannon (approx. 0.3 miles away); James Edwin Campbell (approx. 1.5 miles away); Rear Admiral William W. Outerbridge (approx. 2 miles away); Major John B. Downing (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pomeroy.
Also see . . .
1. Dr. George Huntington and the Disease Bearing His Name. (Submitted on March 10, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Biography of Dr. Huntington. (Submitted on March 10, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Notable Persons • Science & Medicine •
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