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The Webster Surname and Homeopathy

May 16, 2008

The White HouseThe Webster surname gave us a Secretary of State who supported homeopathy; four jobbing homeopaths, and a Secretary and President of the Ohio State Homœopathic Medical Society.

Daniel Webster 1782 –1852Daniel Webster 1782 –1852 was a leading American statesman during the nation’s Antebellum Period.

…he was an attorney, and served as legal counsel in several cases that established important constitutional precedents that bolstered the authority of the Federal government.

As Secretary of State, he negotiated the Webster-Ashburton Treaty that established the definitive eastern border between the United States and Canada

Ralph Waldo Emerson, who had criticized Webster following the Seventh of March address, remarked in the immediate aftermath of his death that Webster was “the completest man”, and that “nature had not in our days or not since Napoleon, cut out such a masterpiece.”

Daniel Webster was a frequent visitor the the home of homeopathic supporter William Henry Seward, whose wife Francis was a vocal supporter of homeopathy. Daniel Webster was Secretary of State to another supporter of homeopathy John Tyler, and Webster supported Homeopath Norton Quincey Tirrell and sent him to Columbia College free of charge.

Daniel Webster also supported the Homoepathic Medical College of Pennsylvania:

“I am here as a patient,” as the great Daniel Webster said. I think they were his last words. ” I am here as a patient for these many years under this school … ”

Dayton City 1870Frank Webster 1854 -** **

of Dayton, Ohio, was born in Middletown, Ohio, April 6, 1854, son of William and Sarah (Harkrader) Webster, and is of Welsh descent.

He was educated in the public and high schools of Dayton, and acquired his medical education in Pulte Medical College, Cincinnati, where he came to his degree in 1882.

He has since practiced in Dayton. He is a member of the American Institute of Homœopathy, the Ohio State and Miami Valley Homœopathic Medical societies and also of the Dayton City Homœopathic Medical Society.

Dr. Webster married, January 30, 1879, Anna A. Turner, by whom he has three children -Howard H., Rome M. and Margarette K. Webster.

Southern CaliforniaGeorge M Webster 1877 -** **

of Los Angeles, California, was born January 27, 1877, in Wautoma, Wisconsin, son of George J. Webster and Pamela Norton, his wife. The latter is now a practicing physician of Long Beach, California.

He attended the public and private schools of Sacramento, subsequently entering the University of California. He studied for his profession at Hahnemann Medical College, San Francisco, and received from that institution the degree of M. D. With the class of 1902.

He began practice in Los Angeles in association with Dr. Edwin Charles Buell, and one year after, in connection with C. W. Hartsough, established a drug business, the firm being agents for Boericke & Tafel.

For four months he served as interne at the Fabiola Hospital, Oakland (Originally founded in 1876 by eighteen women as the Oakland Homeopathic Hospital and Dispensary).

He is a member of the Southern California Homœopathic Medical Society, the California Homœopathic Medical Society and the Southern California Electro-Medical Society.

He married, in 1902, Ida Pariser.

Hahnemann Hospital
PhiladelphiaHoward Hamilton Webster 1880 -** **

of Dayton, Ohio, was born in Dayton, February 16, 1880, son of Dr. Frank Webster and Anna Agnes Turner, his wife.

Dr. Webster, the junior, acquired his early education in and graduated from the Steele High School of Dayton in 1898, and also in the Ohio State University, where he was a student in 1899. His medical education was obtained in Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia, where he came to his degree in 1903.

He was Resident Physician in Hahnemann Hospital in 1904, and since his service there has engaged in general practice in Dayton. He is a member of the Miami Valley Homœopathic Medical Society and of the Dayton Homœopathic Medical Society.

Ohio Academy of Medical
HistoryWilliam Webster 1827 -** **

[of Dayton, Ohio, was born in Butler county, Ohio, on January 12th,

  1. He is of Welsh descent. His ancestors, some generations back, on immigrating to America, settled in New Jersey, in the neighborhood of New York](, and subsequently removed into Pennsylvania.

His grandfather moved to Ohio in 1806, -at that time but thinly populated,- and located in the beautiful valley of the Miami. Here the subject of this sketch was reared to agricultural occupations.

In his fourteenth year, he entered the Monroe Academy, where he prepared himself for admission to the Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio. Remaining here two years, he entered the Farmers’ College near Cincinnati, and graduated with honor in 1848.

Inheriting from his father, who was a physician, a taste for medical studies and pursuits, he devoted all his leisure moments during his senior year to the education necessary for attendance upon the Eclectic Medical Institute in Cincinnati ; he graduated in 1851, and moved to Middletown, Ohio, as an allopathic physician.

The College named had established a chair of homœopathy. In attendance upon the lectures of Professor Storm Rosa, the distinguished incumbent of that chair, Dr. Webster was so much impressed with his manly exposition of the system, that he was induced to make a partial trial of it.

At the end of one or two years, he dropped the practice of the old system, and continued exclusively upon the new. After nine years’ practice in Middletown, he removed, fourteen years since, to Dayton. He makes a specialty of catarrh in its various phases, and devotes much attention to female diseases.

Dr. Webster has been Secretary of the Miami Homœopathic Medical Society ever since its incipiency, twelve years since. He has also been at different periods Secretary and President of the Ohio State Homœopathic Medical Society.

He has been married nearly twenty years. Keeping aloof from political life (excepting the exercise of his right of suffrage), he has devoted himself assiduously to the duties of his profession, and has attained an enviable position.

Dayton OhioWilliam Herr Webster 1869 -** **

of Dayton, Ohio, born Dayton July 6, 1869 ; literary education, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1887-1891 ; graduated M. D., Pulte Medical College, Cincinnati, 1894.


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