HAMMOND, JOHN WESLEY, M.D., son of Rezin Hammmond and Nancy Lee, was born in Anne Arundel county, Md., in 1804. His grandfather Maj. Gen. John Hammond, of the British army, came to Maryland in 1764 and purchased a large tract of land in Anne Arundel, and there the father, Col. Rezin Hammond, was born. Young Hammond received his education mainly from private tutors up to the time of studying medicine. He graduated in medicine at the University of Maryland in 1825. In 1832 Dr. Hammond located in Somerset county, Pa., but in 1834 removed to Williamsport (now Monongahela City) Washington county, Pa., where he continued the practice of his profession. On the election of Governor Ritner he was appointed, in 1838, chief clerk in the auditor generalís office and removed to Harrisburg. He held the position through several administrations, and was afterwards for a number of years cashier of the State treasury. In 1853 he removed to Philadelphia, where he died in 1879, at the age of seventy-five. Dr. Hammond married, in 1826, Sarah, daughter of Jonathan Pinkney, Esq., of Annapolis, Md., and a niece of William Pinkney, the distinguished lawyer, senator and diplomatist. They had children: Rev. J. Pinkney, Dr. William A., formerly surgeon general, United States army, now of New York City; Elizabeth Pinkney, Charles Elliot, and Nathaniel Hobart; of these, the first two and last named are living. Dr. Hammond is held in the highest esteem by his fellow-citizens for his urbanity, intregity and intellectual ability.
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