Dr Hiram Nichols “H.N.” Wadsworth

Dr Hiram Nichols “H.N.” Wadsworth

Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Death 9 Oct 1896 (aged 77)
District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Plot North Hill, Lot 209
Memorial ID 68517104 · View Source
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Dr. H.N. Wadsworth submitted the first patent for a toothbrush in the United States (number 18,653) on 7 November 1857.

Dr. Hiram N. Wadsworth.
Died, in Washington, D. C, October 9, 1896, Hiram N. Wadsworth, D.D.S., in the seventy-seventh year of his age.

Hiram Nichols Wadsworth was born in Burlington, Vt., in February 1819. He was descended from colonial stock, the first representative of the family being William Wadsworth, who landed in Boston in 1632 and who was the father of the noted Captain Joseph Wadsworth, of Charter Oak fame, who seized and secreted the charter of Connecticut when Sir Edwin Andros went to Hartford in 1687 to take it by force from the colonists. Many others of the family have been prominent throughout the history of the country, some having served in the Revolution, and others having been prominent in military, naval, and civil life more recently. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was of the same ancestry.

The subject of this sketch was one of a family of six children, who were early left to the care of a widowed mother, and it was always a matter of great satisfaction to him in his later years to state that the entire six children had grown to years of maturity, and had done credit to the care and teaching of the mother. In his early manhood he removed to Ohio, and spent some time farming on the Maumee River, where he found ample opportunity to indulge his great fondness for hunting, but otherwise was not suited with his surroundings; so he determined upon a change, and, returning to the East, he commenced the study of dentistry with Dr. Elliott of Plattsburg and subsequently attended lectures at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery**, where he graduated with the class of 1S53.

Dr. Wadsworth located in Washington City in 1850, where he practiced continuously for over forty years, until ill health obliged him to retire in 1893. During all that long period he occupied a most prominent place in his profession. Few have enjoyed the patronage of such a distinguished clientele, his patrons being from among the most distinguished circles in civil, military and diplomatic life and it was his good fortune to command not merely their confidence and patronage, but to enjoy their respect and esteem as well. He was kind and affable ; social, genial, yet dignified; a polished, courteous gentleman, and a splendid example of the true professional man. His motto throughout all his practice was, "The very best which I can possibly do is none too good for my patients."

Though long troubled by defective hearing, he took a deep interest in the welfare and advancement of dentistry, and was instrumental in starting the Washington City Dental Society, one of the first annual addresses ever offered before that body being delivered by him.

For three years he was an invalid, and for nearly the entire time was confined continuously to his bed; but he suffered very little, and was always bright and cheerful.

A widow, who was Miss Mary Frick, of Baltimore, and three daughters, two of whom are married, survive.

Obituary from The Dental Cosmos; a monthly record of dental science: Volume: 38, 1896, p. 1039

** The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery is the first dental school in the world. It is now known as the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dental School, University of Maryland.

Hiram Wadsworth was the father of Mrs. Fletcher of Rockville, Mrs. Elliott Thurber of Brooklyn and Miss Marie Wadsworth.