JOSHUA ROBERTS HAYES, M. D.
HAYES, JOSHUA ROBERTS, M. D., son of Nathaniel and Matilda (Barwick) Hayes, was born in 1832, in New Castle county, Del. He received his primary and academic education at New Castle Academy, and entered the full course at the University of Pennsylvania in October, 1852, graduating from the medical department of that institution in 1855, having pursued previously the study of medicine under the late Dr. John B. Brinton, of West Chester, and the late Dr. George W. Norris, of Philadelphia. After graduating, in 1855, he settled in the practice of his profession at Rock Island, Ill., and while there for a period of five years, attended professionally Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas, and other celebrities in the State when they attended the courts of that county and district. When the war of the Rebellion broke out Dr. Hayes returned to Pennsylvania, and in 1861 was commissioned surgeon of the Seventy-second regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, and in this and other commands served during four years. For a period of nine months he was in medical charge of Camp Curtin, at Harrisburg, and while there examined over ten thousand recruits. He was in seventeen battles of the late war, and performed or assisted in nearly eight thousand capital operations. In 1879 he established at Harrisburg a weekly newspaper, The Saturday Night, of which he was editor and proprietor. He was the patentee for several inventions for paving and devoted much time to the production of artificial stone, etc., and also for the utilizing of coal, and machinery to compress the dust of coal. In addition to all these enterprises the Doctor found time to practice his profession. He married, in 1858, Elizabeth, daughter of John and Marie Rutter, of West Chester, and their children are: Areta V. and John Lawrence.
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28 Oct 2000
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