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Residence of General William Brown, M.D.

Born 1748.      Died 1792.

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, February 2, 2014
1. Residence of General William Brown, M.D. Marker
Inscription. Physician General and Director of Hospitals, Middle Department, Continental Army, Charter member, Society of the Cincinnati. Author of the first American Pharmacopoea. President of Board of Trustees of Alexandria Academy, at General Washington's request. Personal physician for many years and intimate friend of General George Washington, who visited in this house.
Tablet erected in 1931
by his desendants.
Inscription by War Department
Ceremonies conducted by
The Washington Society,
June 14, 1931.

 
Erected 1931 by the descendants of William Brown.
 
Location. 38° 48.175′ N, 77° 2.566′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is on South Fairfax Street south of Prince Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 212 South Fairfax, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Green & Brother Furniture (a few steps from this marker); Gazette House (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Elisha Cullen Dick (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fairfax House
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By Allen C. Browne, February 2, 2014
2. Residence of General William Brown, M.D. Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Home of Dr. James Craik (about 300 feet away); 115 Prince Street (about 500 feet away); Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary (about 500 feet away); First Presbyterian Church of Alexandria (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Additional comments.
1. William Brown
The Historic American Building Survey gives this short biography of William Brown: "Dr. William Brown was a nephew of Dr. Gustavus Brown who attended Washington during his last illness. Dr. William Brown was appointed by General Washington, Physician-General and Director of Hospitals for the Continental Army. He wrote and published the first American Pharmacopoeia in 1778. Washington's accounts show that he lived for a few years in the General's Town House, the sum owed for rent being cancelled due to advances made by the Doctor for professional service."
    — Submitted February 15, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

2. The Pharmacopoeia
The Historical
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By Allen C. Browne, February 2, 2014
3. Residence of General William Brown, M.D.
Introduction to the U.S. Pharmacopoeia, Volume 9, 1916 says this: "In 1778 there was published at Philadelphia a small Pharmacopoeia for the use of the Military Hospital of the U.S. Army located at Lititz, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvannia, under the title: 'Pharmacopoeia simpliciorum et efficaciorum, in usum nosocomii militaris, ad exercitun foederatarum Americae: civitatum pertinentis; bodiernae nostrae inopiae rerumque angustiis, feroci hostium saevitiae, , belloque crudeliex inopinato patrirae nostrae illato debitis, maxime accommodata.' A second edition of this appeared in 1781, on the title-page of which Dr. William Brown is mentioned as author."
    — Submitted February 15, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

 
Categories. Colonial EraMan-Made FeaturesScience & MedicineWar, US Revolutionary
 
Interior -- 212 South Fairfax, VA-466 image. Click for full size.
Historical American Buildings Survey
4. Interior -- 212 South Fairfax, VA-466
The Front Door image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 2, 2014
5. The Front Door
 
 
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