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Abner Thorp, M.D.

Asst. Surgeon, Federal U. S. Navy


Name: Abner Thorp
Death date: May 30, 1914
Place of death: Cincinnati, OH
Birth date: 1840
Type of practice: Eclectic
States and years of licenses:OH, 1896
Places and dates of practices:Cincinnati, OH, 1861
Medical school(s): Eclectic Medical College: Eclectic Medical Institute, Cincinnati, 1861, (G);
National Medical College of Columbian University, 1863 (G)
Asst Surg USN 1863-65

Dr. Abner Thorp, USN



Report of Acting Assistant Surgeon Thorp US Navy regarding casualties en the USS Moose


USS MOOSE Buffington Island July 19 1861 SIR I have the honor to report the following casualties during the engagement with General Morgan's forces of to day John Napenberger seaman of this vessel slightly through the arm from a buckshot A deckhand on board the steamer Alleghany Belle flesh wound through the glutaeus muscles of right hip from a Minie ball


Very respectfully your obedient servant

ABNER THORP Acting Assistant Surgeon US Navy

In the biography of his Naval medical application,Thorp states he was a medical cadet in the regular Army for almost two years and he is documented as having graduated from the National Medical College in 1863.


Abner Thorp was in May 15 1863 at the Ohio Naval Hospital Memphis Tenn.


THE ECLECTIC MEDICAL INSTITUTE is the parent school and leading exponent of the American eclectic system of medicine It is the direct successor of the Reformed Medical School of Cincinnati 1842 45 The latter was the successor of the medical department of Worthington College at Worthington O and denominated Reformed Medical College of Ohio but better known as the Worthington Medical College The medical department at Worthington was the Western branch of the Reformed Medical College of the City of New York the latter being the first reformed medical school in America and the outgrowth of a reform medical movement inaugurated in 1825 by Dr Wooster Beach The Eclectic Medical Institute was founded by Dr Thomas V Morrow who had previously conducted the school at Worthington He was ably assisted by Drs Alexander H Baldridge Benjamin L Hill and Lorenzo E Jones These gentlemen together with Drs Hiram Cox and James H Oliver comprised the first faculty The college is located at 1009 Plum Street For many years it fronted at 228 W Court Street It was chartered by a special act of the Ohio Legislature March 10 1845 Col James Kilbourne being especially active in securing its incorporation The old institute building was twice visited by fire and partially destroyed The present building was erected in 1851 and dedicated with impressive ceremonies The rise and progress of the school was rapid it having graduated in its first ten years 593 physicians The Eclectic Medical Institute was the first medical college to open its doors to women Prior to 1877 36 women graduated Owing to the fact that it is the leading eclectic medical college in the world students come from every State in the Union f rom Canada Europe and the West Indies The Exposition Univer selleof 1889 Paris awarded to the institute for best col lection of catalogues orders of Eclectic Medical Institute lectures text books Court and Plum Chartered in 1845 prepared by members of the faculty medical journals etc a silver medal and diploma The collection was then deposited in the great Bibliotheque Medicale To date 1902 the institute has graduated 3,743 physicians No honorary degrees are granted In connection with the school is the Seton Hospital and the Lloyd Library.


Catalogue of the Matriculants and Graduates of the Eclectic Medical of Cincinnati Ohio for the Winter Session of 61 and the Spring Session of 1861 (Edited list)


Matriculants of the W inter Session of 1860 61:

Abner Thorp Ohio John B Tucker Tenn Webster W Teague Ind John G Vanschoiack Ind Alonzo E Van Voorhis NY Ira Winegar Mich Henry K Whitford Ills Randolph Wheelan Ohio George H Walling RI Fielding H Youst Va

Graduates Spring Session 1861:

Eli E Barnett Ky Milton W Nesmith Miss Edward C Huse Wis Heury Tesmer Ills David M King Mo Abner Thorp Ohio Heury R King Ohio John G Vanschoiack Ind

Alumni of the National Medical College of Columbian University, 1826-1866

Thorpe, Abner - 1863 - B. 1840, Ohio.   Asst Surgeon USN 1863-65


Herringshaw’s American Blue Book of Biography. 1914, 921

Thorp Abner physician manufacturer and author of 8 East Ninth st Cincinnati Ohio was born Oct 2 1840 in Lawrenceburg Indiana.  He served in the civil war.   He has been a member of a large pharmaceutical manufacturing business in Cincinnati


ABNER THORP MD Acting Assistant Surgeon USN served four and a half years in all two years of which was in the Medical Department of the USA regular army Ohio Commandery

Medical Cadet Abner Thorp

Columbian College General Hospital

Description: A general hospital on Meridian Hill, located in tents and the College Building, a two-story barracks, for the Veteran Reserve Corps. Earlier, a brick building nearby was also used.

Source: "Washington and Georgetown, D.C.," Indexes to Field Records of Hospitals, 1821-1912, Manuscript Record Group 94, National Archives.

Type: HOSPITAL (General)  Begin Date: July 14, 1861, End Date: July 10, 1865



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