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HORR, Asa, physician, born in Worthington, Ohio, 2 September, 1817. He was graduated at the Cleveland medical college in 1846, and after practising in Baltimore, Fairfield County, Ohio, removed in 1847 to Dubuque, Iowa. During the civil war he was examining surgeon in the recruiting service, and since 1869 has been president of the Iowa institute of science and arts, of which he was in 1868 one of the founders. In 1875 he was appointed examining surgeon to the United States pension bureau. In 1864 he established a private astronomical observatory at Dubuque, Iowa, and was the first to determine accurately the longitude of that city. Dr. Horr has bestowed much attention upon botany and other sciences, and to perfecting a system of short hand, and for many years has been a meteorological observer to the Smithsonian institution. He has written many professional and scientific papers, and with John M. Bigelow published a "Catalogue of the Plants of Franklin county, Ohio."
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