SEILER, Jeremiah
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SEILER, JEREMIAN, M. D., son of Jacob Seiler and Christiana Fireabend, was born June 27, 1818, in Middlesex township, Cumberland county, Pa. His early education was that received in the public schools of the country, but he applied himself closely to study and soon fitted himself for entering upon his life work. He entered the office of Dr. Van Huff, of Mechanicsburg, and subsequently that of Dr. W. W. Dale, under whose instructions he pursued the course of study outlined as preparatory to his attending medical lectures, which he did at the University of Maryland, from which institution he graduated in March, 1843. He immediately began the practice of his profession, locating in West Hanover township, Dauphin county, where he continued until the year 1866, when he removed to Harrisburg. He was the first in his profession to administer chloroform in the practice of surgery west of Philadelphia. He was also one of the first of the interior physicians who in 1850, when typhoid fever made its appearance in the rural sections, to comprehend its nature and successfully control its fatal effects. He was elected to the Legislature as a member of the House from Dauphin county in 1866, serving for two years. The characteristics which were peculiar to the man as a physician marked his action as a legislator. He was studious and deliberate in all that he did and said, with a natural frankness and unaffected modesty which never fail as manifestations in the character of a truly honest man. While a member he served on the committees of divorce, accounts, passenger railways and chairman of that of the State Library. With the close of the last session of his official position he resumed his professional duties, and was actively engaged therein at Harrisburg, where he died after a brief illness on November 16, 1878, at the age of sixty years. Dr. Seiler married, March 19, 1842, Anna Elizabeth Stigleman, daughter of John and Rachel Stigleman, of Cumberland county, and their children were Rev. Galen W., at one time missionary in India; Dr. John P., a bright young physician, now deceased, and Clara A.


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For The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project

28 Oct 2000

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