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Dr Charles Bell Converse

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Dr Charles Bell Converse

Birth
Death
4 Mar 1912 (aged 69)
Burial
Norwich, Windsor County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID
53849045 View Source

Biographical Sketches of the Class of 1863, Dartmouth College
He attended the public schools of his native town until he was fourteen years old and was then sent to Meridan NH to fit for college,then one of the noted fitting schools of New Hampshire. He graduated from this Academy in the summer of 1859 and entered Dartmouth College in the following fall with the class of 1863, where he remained through the course to the end of his Junior year, when like so many others, the war fever swept him into the Union Army as private in the 16th Vermont Regiment of nine month men. That regiment saw hard service, not only in battle,but also in the deadly climate of Tennessee and Mississippi. Dr. Converse, fortunately, by taking care of himself, got through it without wounds or serious injury He returned to Vermont in season to rejoin his class and receive his diploma at Commencement in 1863.
In December 1863 he was appointed Clerk in the Quartermaster General's Department at Washington, which position he held for six years in a most exemplary manner. During that time he studied medicine at the Georgetown Medical College,from which he graduated with honor in 1869; as he was always a close student while in college it was an easy matter for him to pursue his medical studies in the leisure hours of time while clerk in the department.
Dr. Converse has a good fat office and could have held it for an indefinite period, or all his lifetime for that matter under the Civil Service rules, but the love of medicine (for others, not for himself), which he inherited from his father and the doctors in the ancestors before him, was so strong that United States Government pap had no attractions for him after he got his diploma from the Medical College.
Dr. Converse was undecided where to settle at first, but finally decided that Jersey City NJ would b be a good place to try his skill with pills, powders and potions, and a complete outfit of surgical implements. Like all young doctors with a brand new sign, he did not have a rush of patients at first, but by strict economy he managed to live on the government coupons which he clipped off quarterly, until his practice began to improve. Once established, and the people found what a skillful and faithful physician he was, he entered upon a large and successful practice,which has continued to this day.



NY Times 3/14/1886
Dr Charles B Converse, county physician of Hudson County NJ was fatally injured last night. He had been to the institutions at Snake Hill, and while returning to Jersey City his carriage was struck by a locomotive at the county road crossing of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. The carriage was demolished and Dr Converse was thrown a distance of 20 feet. His right arm was broken and he sustained severe internal injuries. At midnight he was said to be dying.

NY Times 3/5/1912
Dr. Charles B converse, for thirty-six years county Physician of Hudson County NJ, veteran of the civil war and brother of the late Rear Admiral converse, died yesterday morning in St Francis Hospital, Jersey City, after an attack of cardiac asthma and malcorditis. He was stricken a week ago in his home, 218 Palisade Avenue Jersey City. Dr. Converse was born in Norwich VT seventy years ago. He was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1863, served in the civil war with the Sixteenth Vermont Regiment and later held a position in the Quartermaster General's department in Washington. He was graduated from the Georgetown University medical department in 1870. Dr. Converse was a bachelor.


Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, vol 166
Dr Charles Converse who died of heart disease on March 4 in Jersey City, was born in Norwich VT in 1842. Graduating from Dartmouth in 1863, he immediately enlisted in Stannard's Vermont Battery and served with that command throughout the remainder of the Civil War, taking part in the Battle of Gettysburg. At the close of the war he began the study of medicine at Georgetown University from which he received the degree of MD in 1870. He settled in Hudson NJ and since 1876 has served continuously as county physician until his death.

Biographical Sketches of the Class of 1863, Dartmouth College
He attended the public schools of his native town until he was fourteen years old and was then sent to Meridan NH to fit for college,then one of the noted fitting schools of New Hampshire. He graduated from this Academy in the summer of 1859 and entered Dartmouth College in the following fall with the class of 1863, where he remained through the course to the end of his Junior year, when like so many others, the war fever swept him into the Union Army as private in the 16th Vermont Regiment of nine month men. That regiment saw hard service, not only in battle,but also in the deadly climate of Tennessee and Mississippi. Dr. Converse, fortunately, by taking care of himself, got through it without wounds or serious injury He returned to Vermont in season to rejoin his class and receive his diploma at Commencement in 1863.
In December 1863 he was appointed Clerk in the Quartermaster General's Department at Washington, which position he held for six years in a most exemplary manner. During that time he studied medicine at the Georgetown Medical College,from which he graduated with honor in 1869; as he was always a close student while in college it was an easy matter for him to pursue his medical studies in the leisure hours of time while clerk in the department.
Dr. Converse has a good fat office and could have held it for an indefinite period, or all his lifetime for that matter under the Civil Service rules, but the love of medicine (for others, not for himself), which he inherited from his father and the doctors in the ancestors before him, was so strong that United States Government pap had no attractions for him after he got his diploma from the Medical College.
Dr. Converse was undecided where to settle at first, but finally decided that Jersey City NJ would b be a good place to try his skill with pills, powders and potions, and a complete outfit of surgical implements. Like all young doctors with a brand new sign, he did not have a rush of patients at first, but by strict economy he managed to live on the government coupons which he clipped off quarterly, until his practice began to improve. Once established, and the people found what a skillful and faithful physician he was, he entered upon a large and successful practice,which has continued to this day.



NY Times 3/14/1886
Dr Charles B Converse, county physician of Hudson County NJ was fatally injured last night. He had been to the institutions at Snake Hill, and while returning to Jersey City his carriage was struck by a locomotive at the county road crossing of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. The carriage was demolished and Dr Converse was thrown a distance of 20 feet. His right arm was broken and he sustained severe internal injuries. At midnight he was said to be dying.

NY Times 3/5/1912
Dr. Charles B converse, for thirty-six years county Physician of Hudson County NJ, veteran of the civil war and brother of the late Rear Admiral converse, died yesterday morning in St Francis Hospital, Jersey City, after an attack of cardiac asthma and malcorditis. He was stricken a week ago in his home, 218 Palisade Avenue Jersey City. Dr. Converse was born in Norwich VT seventy years ago. He was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1863, served in the civil war with the Sixteenth Vermont Regiment and later held a position in the Quartermaster General's department in Washington. He was graduated from the Georgetown University medical department in 1870. Dr. Converse was a bachelor.


Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, vol 166
Dr Charles Converse who died of heart disease on March 4 in Jersey City, was born in Norwich VT in 1842. Graduating from Dartmouth in 1863, he immediately enlisted in Stannard's Vermont Battery and served with that command throughout the remainder of the Civil War, taking part in the Battle of Gettysburg. At the close of the war he began the study of medicine at Georgetown University from which he received the degree of MD in 1870. He settled in Hudson NJ and since 1876 has served continuously as county physician until his death.


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