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NEBINGER, Andrew, physician, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 12 December, 1819; died there, 12 April, 1886. He was educated in private schools, and at the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was graduated in 1850. Previously he had engaged in the drug business for several years. He attained to a large practice, was one of the incorporators of Philadelphia county medical society, and in 1880 president of the state society. During the civil war he was surgeon-in-charge of the Cooper-shop volunteer hospital and dispensary. He was assisted by his brothers, and their attentions to the thousands of soldiers that passed through the city on their way to the front or on their return made them well known. Dr. Nebinger retired from practice in 1870 and gave his attention to his duties in connection with the board of education, of which he had been a member since 1868, and to the management of several charitable institutions. To one of these, St. Agnes's hospital, he left a large bequest. He was the author of various medical papers and addresses to societies. See a pamphlet memoir by Dr. J. H. Grove (Philadelphia, 1886).--His brother, George Washington, physician, born in Philadelphia, 23 July, 1824; died there, 8 March, 1868, first studied pharmacy, and afterward was graduated in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1862. He acquired an extensive practice, during the civil war served for a time as a volunteer surgeon, and after the battle of Antietam had charge of all the hospitals about Hagerstown. It is said that when it was feared that Lee would advance after the battle of Antietam, Dr. Nebinger was the only volunteer surgeon that remained at his post. He was a delegate to several state and national Democratic conventions, and was a presidential elector in 1856. In 1858 he ran for congress, as a Douglas Democrat, against Thomas B. Florence, a Buchanan Democrat, but was not successful. He was comptroller of public schools for many years, and was for nine years one of the directors of Girard college. See "Nebinger Memorial" (Philadelphia, 1883).--Another brother, Robert (1828-'88), also became a physician, and aided his brothers in the management of the Cooper-shop hospital, of which he was the pharmacist. The three brothers were unmarried, and were men of fine personal appearance.
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