ORTH, Edward
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ORTH, EDWARD LAWRENCE, M. D., son of Henry Orth and his wife Rebecca Rohm, was born January 4, 1814, in the city of Baltimore, Md., and died April 15, 1861, in Harrisburg, Pa. His father dying while the son was in early life, the mother removed to her former home, Harrisburg, where the boy was carefully brought up. He received the education of the borough schools and entered the Harrisburg Academy where he pursued the higher branches. He subsequently began the study of medicine with his brother-in-law, Dr. Luther Reily, afterwards attending the lectures of Jefferson Medical College, of Philadelphia, from which institution he graduated March 12, 1834. Locating at Harrisburg, he began the practice of his profession in partnership with Dr. Reily, which continued until the death of the latter. Few practitioners became as successful as these noted physicians were, and none at the capital were ever so deservedly popular. For seven years after the death of his life-long friend, Dr. Orth continued his professional life, enjoying not only a large practice, but the confidence and love of his numerous patients. As a physician he was learned, skillful, self-sacrificing, sympathetic and faithful. In the community he was greatly beloved for his unassuming, gentle, and gentlemanly demeanor. In the language of a contemporary, "he was a man of fine culture, an attentive and conscientious physician, quiet and unobtrusive in manner." For many years he was one of the trustees of the Presbyterian church, was a director of the Harrisburg Bank, and served in the borough council. Dr. Orth married Martha Cummins Kerr, daughter of Rev. William Kerr, of Donegal, and Mary Wilson, his wife.


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28 Oct 2000

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