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HAND, Daniel Whilliam, surgeon, born in Cape May Court House, New Jersey, 18 August, 1834. He received an academic education, took a partial course at the University of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and then studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was graduated in 1856. In 1857 he began practice in his profession at St. Paul, Minnesota In July, 1861, he was appointed assistant surgeon of the 1st Minnesota volunteers, and in the next month was commissioned brigade-surgeon with the rank of major. He accompanied the Army of the Potomac in the peninsular campaign; was slightly wounded at Fair Oaks; in August, 1862, was placed in charge of the general hospital at Newport News; and in October made medical director of United States forces at Suffolk, Virginia While on duty near Suffolk, he was taken prisoner in May, 1863, confined in Libby prison, and after his release, in July, 1863, was made medical director of North Carolina. In February, 1865, he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel, and in the next month to colonel. He was mustered out of service in November, 1865, and resumed practice in St. Paul. Since 1872 he has been president of the Minnesota board of health, in 1883 was appointed professor of surgery in the University of Minnesota, and ix one of the founders of the State medical society. He has written largely for medical journals.
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