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Dr Alexander Hamilton Burritt
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Birth: Apr. 17, 1805
Troy
Rensselaer County
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 9, 1877
New Orleans
Orleans Parish
Louisiana, USA

ALEXANDER HAMILTON BURRITT, M. D., of New Orleans, La., was born at Troy, N. Y., April 17th, 1805. His father, Ely Burritt, M. D., practiced medicine in Troy, where he died in 1823. His education he received partly at the University of Troy and partly in New York city. He graduated and received his diploma in 1827 from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University.

He first commenced the practice of medicine according to the allopathic method of treatment, in Washington county, N. Y., which he continued to employ till 1838, when, from various causes, he was induced to investigate the merits of the homeopathic system. He placed himself under the instruction of Dr. John F. Gray, into whose office he entered as a student, remaining there two years, after which he began to practice the new system in Crawford county, Pa., in September of 1840 ; being the first homeopathic physician established in that locality, as he also was in northern Ohio, whither he removed in 1849, settling at Cleveland and pursuing the practice of his profession.

He aided materially in the organization of the Western Homeopathic College, in 1850, of which he was elected Vice-President of the Board of Trustees, being also unanimously elected Professor of Obstetrics in the same institution. Failing health, the result of too close application, super induced perhaps by exposure, warned him that a change of climate was advisable, in consequence of which he resolved to go to the South, and removed to New Orleans in July, 1854, after having resigned the chair of Obstetrics in the Cleveland College, in favor of Professor S. Rosa.

He resumed the practice of his profession in the capital of Louisiana, where he has continued to reside nearly twenty years, actively engaged in the performance of his duties in that fruitful field of medical labor, which has been uninterrupted up to the present time, although he is now verging on his seventieth year.

There is no "royal road to learning," and Dr. Burritt, well convinced of this fact, has made his whole life a study, adopting "excelsior" as his motto, thus gaining his present high position and standing as one of the leading physicians of the South.


Dr. Alexander Hamilton Burritt, M.D. He was born at Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, on April 17th, 1805. He studied medicine with his father prior to attending college. He was an 1827 graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons and practiced medicine for 11 years as an allopathic practitioner.

In 1832, he left Troy, New York locating in first in Carrollton, Illinois and the following year in Jerseyville, Illinois being among the first settlers of that town. He practiced medicine here until 1836, when he moved to an 80 acre farm in Greene County, Illinois. It was here that he helped his mother and step-father, John Adams and Mehitable/Mabel Stratton Burritt-Adams, relocate and settle into their new life in Jacksonville, Illinois.

In 1838 he left Illinois, and he became a student of his distinguished cousin, Dr. John Franklin Gray (1802-1882) of New York City for two years of study of the principles and practice of homoeopathy. After completing his studies in 1840, he moved to Pennsylvania and was the pioneer in Crawford County, where he devoted himself to the study of homoeopathy. He also practiced at Conneautville, Ohio and then went to Burton, Ohio in 1840, being the pioneer homoeopathic Physician in northern Ohio. He was a founder of the Western Homeopathic College in Cleveland, Ohio and received an appointment from the trustees of the College to the chair of the Obstetrics Department. He resigned his professorship in 1854 due to his health and removed to Canandaigua, New York and from there to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he became one of the leading physicians of the South.

During the war he was active in the interests of the Confederacy. It was said that he was a man of great ability as a practitioner and Physician as well as a writer. He died at home located at 63 Bourbon Street, New Orleans of paralysis on October 9th, 1877.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Eli Burritt (1773 - 1823)
  Mehitabel Stratton Adams (1779 - 1856)
 
 Spouses:
  Hannah Burritt (1803 - 1852)
  Nancy Coe Burritt (1810 - 1889)*
  Harriet E. Burritt (1825 - 1908)*
 
 Children:
  Amatus Robbins Burritt (1833 - 1876)*
  Ely E. Burritt (1836 - 1927)*
  Julia Ann Burritt Gary (1841 - 1909)*
  Myra M. Burritt Wilson (1848 - 1913)*
 
 Siblings:
  Alexander Hamilton Burritt (1805 - 1877)
  William Henry Burritt (1817 - 1847)*
  Julia Ann Burritt Robbins (1820 - 1839)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Peter's Cemetery
Normandy
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
 
Created by: dran
Record added: Oct 23, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60513228
Dr Alexander Hamilton Burritt
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