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McKNIGHT, Charles, surgeon, born in Cranbury, New Jersey, 10 October, 1750; died in New York, 10 November, 1791. His grandfather, a Presbyterian minister, emigrated to this country in 1740 and settled in New Jersey. His father was also a minister, and by opposing the crown made enemies of the Tories, who burned his church in Middletown Point in 1777 and threw him in prison, where he died in 1778. The son, after graduation at Princeton in 1771, studied medicine with Dr. William Shippen, entered the Revolutionary army, and became senior surgeon of the Flying" hospital of the middle department on 11 April, 1777. At one time he acted as the chief physician and surgeon-general in command of the huts or hospital at the cantonments on Hudson river near New Windsor. After the close of the war he settled in New York city, married the daughter of General John Morin Scott, and was eminent as a surgeon. From 1785 till his death he was professor of anatomy at Columbia. Dr. McKnight published various papers on medical and surgical subjects.
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