Benjamin Rush

January 4, 1746–April 19, 1813

Quick Facts About Benjamin Rush

Born January 4, 1746 in Byberry, Pennsylvania

Graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton) in 1760

Received MD degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1768

Elected to the Continental Congress from Pennsylvania in 1776

Signed Declaration of Independence in 1776

Appointed Surgeon-general to the armies of the middle department of the Continental Army in 1777

Member of the Convention of Pennsylvania for Adoption of the Federal Constitution, 1787

Founder and trustee of Dickenson College, 1793-1813

Treasurer of the U.S. Mint, 1797-1813

Professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 1791-1813

Named president of the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery, 1803

Died April 19, 1813 in Philadelphia

Buried at Christ’s Church in Philadelphia

Posthumously named as the “Father of American Psychiatry” by The American Psychiatric Association in 1965

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  • Article Title Benjamin Rush
  • Coverage January 4, 1746–April 19, 1813
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  • Website Name American History Central
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  • Access Date November 25, 2017
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications
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  • Date of Last Update August 25, 2016