“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Benjamin Rush


Benjamin Rush Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 23, 2015
1. Benjamin Rush Marker
Inscription.  Physician, humanitarian, educator, patriot leader. He signed the Declaration of Independence, opposed slavery, and supported public health & social reforms. Known as "Father of American Psychiatry." His house of birth stood here until 1969.
Erected 2002 by Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationGovernment & PoliticsScience & MedicineWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and the Signers of the Declaration of Independence series lists.
Location. 40° 4.643′ N, 74° 59.138′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Keswick Road and Rayland Road on Keswick Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19154, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Andalusia (approx. 1˝ miles away); Katharine Drexel (approx. 1˝ miles away); Byberry Hall (approx.
Benjamin Rush Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 23, 2015
2. Benjamin Rush Marker
1.7 miles away); Busleton Field (approx. 2.2 miles away); Thomas Holme (1624-1695) (approx. 2.4 miles away); Greenbelt Knoll (approx. 2.4 miles away); "Babe" Ruth (approx. 2.6 miles away in New Jersey); Delanco's Tribute to Those Who Lost Their Lives in the Second World War 1941 - 1945 (approx. 2.6 miles away in New Jersey). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Benjamin Rush Birthplace,<br>Red Lion Road,<br>Philadelphia image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
3. Benjamin Rush Birthplace,
Red Lion Road,
Photocopy of old exterior photograph, early 20th century
Benjamin Rush image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Sully, circa 1812
4. Benjamin Rush
This 1812-13 portrait of Benjamin Rush by Thomas Sully hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“Benjamin Rush was a prominent physician, a social reformer, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. After studying medicine abroad at the University of Edinburgh, he returned to Philadelphia to work. He advocated bloodletting and purges for many diseases but also moved the profession toward more manageable diagnoses and treatment regimens. Rush's accomplishments were many. He was a pioneer in the study of mental illness; he organized the Pennsylvania antislavery society; he agitated for prison reform and the education of women; and he wrote the first American chemistry text.

Thomas Sully depicted Rush as a thoughtful man of letters. One of Rush's colleagues, who commissioned a version of this portrait, described how Sully ‘appreciate[d] the mind which animates the face of my friend ... I have no doubt that you will be enabled to furnish me with a portrait which will be gratifying to me.’” – National Portrait Gallery
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 28, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 671 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 28, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on July 22, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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