George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 10 October 1774]

10. At Congress. Din’d at Doctr. Morgan’s.

John Morgan (1735–1789), a graduate of Edinburgh, had also studied medicine and anatomy in England, France, and Italy. In 1765, shortly after his return to Philadelphia, Morgan was responsible for founding at the College of Philadelphia the first medical school in the American colonies. At the outbreak of the Revolution he aligned himself with the Patriots, and in Oct. 1775 he was appointed director general of hospitals and physician-in-chief of the Continental Army. Feuds and jealousies caused Morgan’s removal from office in 1777.

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