|Birth: ||Jul. 21, 1805|
|Death: ||Jan. 17, 1882|
Nathaniel Burger Shaler was born July 21, 1805 in Massachusetts and went to school in Lancaster and then to Harvard College. His combative humor led him into trouble with his teachers which led to his withdrawal at the beginning of his last year; he then went on to medical school. After graduating he went to Havana, where his uncle was consul with the intention of making his career there. He was successful, but in two years he started to search for some other spot.
Dr. Shaler arrived in Newport, Kentucky at the height of an Asiatic cholera epidemic and won the admiration of local people by successfully treating many of the afflicted. At that time Newport was a little village with no educated physician. On 1 October 1835 he married Ann Hinde Southgate, daughter of Richard Southgate and Ann Winston Hinde.
In his medical practice he was successful in difficult cases. He helped a man on the verge of collapse from cholera by reviling him as a coward until the fellow's rage helped the reaction. At sixty years of age he removed an iron filing from a workman's eye with the point of a common needle and this without glasses.
During a large part of his life, Nathan served as Army Surgeon at the Newport Barracks and was one of the first doctors in the country to abandon the use of bloodletting as a medical procedure. It was a convenient place to forward the sick soldiers of the Civil War, yet the recoveries were larger than in any other hospital at that time. His success was in great measure due to his distrust of remedies and in his confident use of tents, nutrition and cheerfulness.
He and his wife built a home in what is now Evergreen Cemetery, which stood until 1962, when it had to be torn down. In later life, he and his family moved into a Newport waterfront mansion. He donated a portion of his property there for use as an artillery battery built for the defense of Cincinnati during the Civil War, named Shaler Battery in his honor. The ramparts of the battery are still intact at Evergreen Cemetery.
The Shalers had a son named Nathaniel Southgate Shaler, who loved animals, and was said to have cared for as many as 1000, including a camel, an elephant and numerous fighting cocks. He would later become a brilliant Geology and Paleontology Professor at Harvard University.
Nathaniel Shaler died January 17, 1882 and was buried in the Newport Cemetery in Southgate. The cemetery was later renamed Evergreen.
Ann Hinde Southgate Shaler (1816 - 1891)
Nathaniel Southgate Shaler (1841 - 1906)*
Richard Southgate Shaler (1844 - 1882)*
Ann Shaler Berry (1846 - 1908)*
Plot: Sect. 20, Lot 4-B, Gr. 1
Maintained by: Todd Whitesides
Originally Created by: Rob
Record added: Nov 21, 2011
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