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HORTON, George Firman, physician, born in Terrytown, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, 2 January, 1806; died there, 20 December, 1886. He was educated at Rensselaer polytechnic institute, Troy, New York, and in the medical department of Rutgers college, and began practice in his native town in 1829. He became an advocate of the temperance cause in 1830, and was a member of the American anti-slavery society almost from the time of its foundation till the extinction of slavery. He was for twelve years treasurer and town clerk of his township, from 1830 till 1856 postmaster at Terrytown, and in 1872 was elected a delegate to the Constitutional convention of Pennsylvania for revising the state constitution. He was a skillful botanist and entomologist. He published reports of his cases in the "Transactions of the Pennsylvania State Medical Society"; "Reports on the Geology of Bradford County" (1858); and "The Horton Genealogy" (1876).
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