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CPT Anderson Ruffin Abbott

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CPT Anderson Ruffin Abbott

  • Birth 6 Apr 1837 Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
  • Death 29 Dec 1913 Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
  • Burial Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
  • Plot VNG-75
  • Memorial ID 6374956

Medical Pioneer. When he graduated in medicine from the University of Toronto at the age of 23, he became the first Canadian-born African-American surgeon. During the Civil War, he was one of the only eight African-American Doctors involved with the Union Army, serving from 1863 to 1866 as a civilian contract surgeon. His work in the soldier's hospitals in Washington, DC endeared him to President Abraham Lincoln, and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln made a gift to him of the shepard plaid shawl that President Lincoln wore on route to his first inauguration in 1861. After the war he came back up to Canada to practice medicine in Toronto, Ontario. He was later in life given the honorary rank of Captain by the Grand Army of the Republic veterans organization.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Herbert Rickards
  • Added: 27 Apr 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6374956
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPT Anderson Ruffin Abbott (6 Apr 1837–29 Dec 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6374956, citing Toronto Necropolis Cemetery and Crematorium, Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Find A Grave .