George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 7 December 1771]

7. Went a fox hunting with the above two &ca. Killed a Fox and dined with Doctr. Alexander.

George Dent Alexander had recently attended the College of Philadelphia where he had apparently studied in the college’s new medical school but had not qualified for a bachelor or doctor of medicine degree. Despite young Alexander’s local family connections, GW did not employ him as a physician, preferring Dr. Rumney’s services (GW to John Armstrong, 20 Mar. 1770, from Rokeby Collections, Barrytown, Dutchess County, N.Y., courtesy of Richard Aldrich and others; CARSON [3] description begins Joseph Carson. A History of the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania, from its Foundation in 1765. With Sketches of the Lives of Deceased Professors. Philadelphia, 1869. description ends , 67–75). During the Revolution, Alexander was a surgeon in Col. William Grayson’s Additional Continental Regiment, serving from Feb. 1777 until his death in Philadelphia in Jan. 1780 (BURGESS description begins Louis A. Burgess, ed. Virginia Soldiers of 1776. 3 vols. 1929. Reprint. Spartanburg, S.C., 1973. description ends , 1:133–36).

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