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CALDWELL, Charles, physician, born in Caswell County, North Carolina, 14 May, 1772; died in Louisville, Kentucky, 9 July, 1853. He was the son of an Irish officer. After teaching school for a time in North Carolina, he went to Philadelphia, and in 1792 entered the medical school of the University of Pennsylvania. During the yellow-fever epidemic of the following year he distinguished himself by his professional zeal. He served as a brigade surgeon in General Lee's command during the "whiskey insurrection" of 1791-'4. In 1810 he accepted the professorship of natural history in the University of Pennsylvania. He succeeded Nicholas Biddle as editor of the
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