Dr Daniel Drake, Raised In Maysville

Pioneer Life In Kentucky
By Albert Nathaniel Drake

Doctor Daniel Drake, an infant, when his family moved soon after the Revolutionary War from New Jersey to Maysville, Kentucky, grew to help his pioneer family make a life in a one room cabin. When still a boy he learned medicine from a local doctor. He extended his knowledge at the University of Pennsylvania and eventually became recognized nationwide. He also traveled extensively throughout the mid west, gathering and then writing about environmental facts. He founded several medical facilities and Drake Center thrives today in Cincinnati as a contemporary institution from old roots. He was also a teacher, and a prolific writer. When 60 years old, he wrote a series of letters to his children describing his pioneer culture plus many wise philosophical observations. His son, Charles Drake, a Missouri Senator, printed the letters as a book in 1880 and it was reprinted in 1999 by Albert Nathaniel Drake, who shares his New Jersey ancestry. Since the reprint, there has been a steady demand for the classic book.

Daniel Drake(1785-1852)
“Most influential physician who has ever lived in our city”
“The Benjamin Franklin of the West”

 Born in New Jersey in 1785, raised in Maysville, KY
 Moved to Cincinnati in 1800 to be the apprentice of Dr. William Goforth
 Awarded a medical diploma in 1804 (first in the West) and becomes Goforth’s partner
 Obtains an M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1816; first M.D. in Cincinnati
 In 1817, on founding faculty of the Medical Department of Transylvania University in Lexington, KY
 Daniel Drake's Medical Contributions
 Obtained charter for Medical College of Ohio in 1819
 Obtained charter for Cincinnati Commercial Hospital in 1820
 Helped found the Medical Department of the Cincinnati College in 1835
 Member of faculty of Jefferson Medical College (Philadelphia), Louisville Medical Institute
 Founded Cincinnati’s first Eye Infirmary in 1827
 Created and edited The Western Medical and Physical Journal in 1827

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