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HARDY, Benjamin Franklin, physician, born in Kennebunk, Maine, 28 January, 1808; died in San Francisco, California, 22 November, 1886. He was left an orphan at four years of age, was educated at Haverford college, Pennsylvania, and graduated in medicine in 1840 at the University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently removed to New Bedford, Massachusetts, and after practising there for several years accepted the appointment of court physician and physician in charge of the marine hospital at the Hawaiian islands. He arrived there in 1856, and after remaining six years removed to San Francisco, California, where he practised until his death. He was the founder of the San Francisco lying-in hospital and foundling asylum, incorporated in 1868, and regarded this as his lifework. He was its manager, physician, and surgeon till within two months of his death.
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