WITMAN, Henry
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WITMAN, HENRY ORTH, M.D.,was born January 22, 1830, in Harrisburg, Pa. He was the oldest son of John Otto Witman and his wife Caroline Orth. His father was a native of Reading, and came to Harrisburg as a clerk, under Surveyor General Hiester, subsequently studying medicine under Dr. Luther Reily, whose wife’s sister he married. And he was for upwards of forty years a successful practiitioner, thirty years of which were in Halifax, Dauphin county. The son Henry Orth was educated in Harrisburg at Partridge’s military academy, studying medicine with his father and attending medical lectures at Castleton, Vt., graduating afterwards from the Jefferson Medical College, of Philadelphia. Until the war for the Union he practiced his profession at Halifax, in connection with his father. During the Rebellion he served as lieutenant of Company E, Sixth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteer militia, and captain of company E, Thirty-sixth volunteer militia. In 1866 he removed to Harrisburg, where he continued in the active practice of his profession, until his appointment in 1890 as medical examiner in the pension office at Washington. He died in the city on the 13th of February, 1892. Dr. Witman was a learned and conscientious physician, was perfectly reliable---could always be depended upon in any emergency. His natural modesty and reserve operated somewhat against him as a physican, but it can be said of him that he was perfectly free from charlatanism in whatevr form it may appear. He married, October 11, 1866, Frederica Krause, daughter of Judge David Krause, of Norristown, Pa. They had four children.

 

Dorothy Bumbaugh

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