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Samuel Jackson papers

Identifier: MSS 2/167

Scope and Contents

This small collection of Samuel Jackson material contains letters written and received by him, a case history, two bills, and a recipe, 1835-1864.

Most of the letters received and the case history concern descriptions and treatments of epileptics by physicians, generally alumni of the University of Pennsylvania who were practicing in the southern United States. The physicians are: Richard D. Arnold, William B. Cochran, Francis H. Deane, S. C. Gleaves, Virginius W. Harrison, William B. Pleasants, John Thomas Pritner, John Seibert, G. W. Mc Semple, and Edmund P. Taliaferro. There are also letters from patients or their family members, including six letters from epileptic W. C. Haymond, describing experiences with the affliction.

The three letters sent by Jackson are to Joseph Carson, William Alexander Hammond, and statesman Daniel Webster, containing two prescriptions for Webster's hay fever.


  • 1835 - 1864


Biographical / Historical

Samuel Jackson, Philadelphia physician and educator, was born on 22 March 1787. He was the son of David Jackson, a physician and pharmacist. Jackson married circa 1832. He died on 4 or 5 April 1872.

Jackson received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1808. He studied under James Hutchinson and Caspar Wistar. From 1809 to 1815, Jackson ran the family pharmaceutical business. He was president of the Philadelphia Board of Health during the 1820 yellow fever outbreak. In 1821, he became a founder and trustee of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and taught materia medica and pharmacy at the college from 1821 to 1827.

From 1827 to 1835, Jackson assisted Nathaniel Chapman in the teaching of physiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Jackson himself held the professorship of the institutes of medicine at the university from 1835 to 1863. He also taught at Philadelphia Hospital.

Samuel Jackson became a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 1848. He was also a member of the American Medical Association, the Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Medical Society.


2 folders (29 items)

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Physical Location

Small collections

Custodial History

The source of this collection of Samuel Jackson material is unknown, though at least one of the items may have been donated by the heirs of Joseph Carson in 1876.

The collection was removed from the Autograph Collection; it was processed and catalogued in 1990.
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Repository

19 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19103 United States