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Benjamin Rush, M.D.

1745 - 1813

 
 
Benjamin Rush, M.D. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 25, 2017
1. Benjamin Rush, M.D. Marker
Inscription.
Father of American Psychiatry
Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Heroic Physician, Teacher, Humanitarian
Physician General of the Continental Army
Physician to the Pennsylvania Hospital
Professor of Physic, University of Pennsylvania
Erected April 19, 1965

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The College of
Physicians of Philadelphia
celebrating its bicentennial
restored and rededicated
the grave of
Benjamin Rush, M.D.
a founder of the college
April 26, 1987

 
Erected 1965.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Signers of the Declaration of Independence marker series.
 
Location. 39° 57.12′ N, 75° 8.864′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Arch Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Christ Church Burial Ground near the east wall. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Matthew Clarkson (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Hewes (within shouting distance of this marker); George Ross
Second Benjamin Rush Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 25, 2017
2. Second Benjamin Rush Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Hopkinson (within shouting distance of this marker); Major William Jackson - 40th Signer of the U.S. Constitution (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Mason (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); William Henry Drayton (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Benjamin Rush, M.D. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 25, 2017
3. Benjamin Rush, M.D. Marker
Benjamin Rush, M.D. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 25, 2017
4. Benjamin Rush, M.D. Marker
Benjamin Rush, M.D. image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, July 17, 2018
5. Benjamin Rush, M.D.
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 September 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 169 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 2, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on July 22, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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