John Tyler Senior 1790 – 1862 was Governor of Virginia and a close friend of Thomas Jefferson. His son John Tyler went to the William and Mary College to study law, like his father. Continue reading John Tyler 1790 – 1862
Rutherford B Hayes 1822 – 1893
Republicans were strong abolitionists and they received such enormous support from homeopaths, who were central to the abolitionist movement, Rutherford B Hayes continued the tradition of supporting them. He appointed homeopath Tullio Sussara Verdi, who has already been supported by Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant, to the National Board of Health in 1879. Continue reading Rutherford B Hayes 1822 – 1893
‘Unless we put medical freedom in the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organise itself into an undercover dictatorship. To restrict the art of healing to one class (of men) and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic and have no place in a Republic. The Constitution of this Republic should make special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom.’Benjamin Rush 1746 – 1813Benjamin Rush, Access to Medical Treatment Act: hearing of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Third Congress, second session, on S. 2140 to permit an individual to be treated by a health care practitioner with any method of medical treatment such individual requests, and for other purposes, July 22, 1994, Volume 4, (United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Labor and Human Resources, 1994).
Rebecca J. Cole 1846 – 1922 was an American physician. In 1867, she became the second African American woman to become a doctor in the United States after Rebecca Lee Crumpler‘s achievement three years earlier.
Dr. Rebecca J. Cole was the second African American women in the United States to receive a medical degree, and she trained at the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, a homeopathic institution established by Constantine Herring in 1848 and which still offers homeopathic education today. Continue reading Rebecca Cole 1846 – 1922
Just five years after the Emancipation Proclamation abolished slavery in the United States, Susan McKinney Steward 1847-1918 became the first African American woman physician in New York and only the third in the country.
She practiced homeopathic medicine in Brooklyn most of her life, before moving several times with her second husband. Steward was active in medical societies, and as an abolitionist and suffragist. Continue reading Susan McKinney Steward 1847 – 1918
Abraham Lincoln 1809 – 1865 worked as a lawyer in his early life, and he lobbied and prepared material for a special legislative charter for a homeopathic medical school in Chicago in 1854 (Allen D. Spiegel and Florence Kavaler, The Role of Abraham Lincoln in Securing a Charter for a Homeopathic Medical College, JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY HEALTH, Volume 27, Number 5, 357-380. Abstract: In 1854, Abraham Lincoln was retained to prepare a state legislative proposal to charter a homeopathic medical college in Chicago. This was a complex task in view of the deep-seated animosity between allopathic or orthodox medical practitioners and irregular healers. Homeopathy was regarded as a cult by the nascent American Medical Association. In addition, the poor reputation of medical education in the United States in general, further complicated the project. Lincoln and influential individuals in Illinois lobbied legislators and succeeded in securing the charter. Subsequently, the Hahnemann Homeopathic Medical College accepted its first class in 1860 and with its successors remained in existence for almost sixty-five years).
In 1862 Lincoln signed a bill allocating some civil war military hospitals over to homeopaths because of their unparalleled success in treating cholera, yellow fever, diptheria and influenza compared to allopathic medicine (John S. Haller, The History of American Homeopathy: the academic years, 1820-1935. (Routledge, 2005). Page 187. See also Anon, Harper’s Weekly, Column 4, Humours of the Day, (8th February 1862). Page 83).