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Pomeroy in Meigs County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

George Sumner Huntington

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 6, 2009
1. George Sumner Huntington Marker (Side A)
Inscription.
Side A:
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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Side B:
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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
George Sumner Huntington Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 6, 2009
2. George Sumner Huntington Marker (Side B)
insanity," and "its manifestation as a grave disease in adult life." This became one of the classical descriptions of a neurological disease and led to great interest into the origins of the terrible affliction. Since Dr. Huntington's address in Middleport, 9,000 articles have been published on Huntington's Disease; the genetic marker for the disease was found in 1983 and research efforts toward a cure continue. Ironically, Huntington was not a medical researcher, nor did he have any interest in the subject. He and his wife left Pomeroy in 1873, moving back to New York State where Dr. Huntington practiced medicine.
 
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. Touch 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.
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 6, 2009
3. George Sumner Huntington Marker
Former high school, now police department.
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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 miles away); Salisbury Township (approx. 1.7 miles away); Rear Admiral William W. Outerbridge (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 PersonsScience & Medicine
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 6, 2009
4. George Sumner Huntington Marker
Grace Episcopal Church just east of marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 726 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 10, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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