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BROWNE, John Mills, surgeon, born in Hinsdale, New Hampshire, 10 May, 1831. He was graduated at the medical department of Harvard in March, 1852, and entered the United States navy as an assistant surgeon, 26 March, 1853. ]n 1855-'6 he participated in the Indian war on Puget sound, and subsequently he took part in the survey of the northwest boundary, he became a passed assistant surgeon, 12.May, 1858, served in the brig" " Dolphin," suppressing the slave-trade on the west coast of Africa in 1858, and in October of that year joined the Paraguay expedition. He was commissioned a surgeon, 19 June, 1861, and attached to the steamer "Kearsarge" until 9 December, 1864, participating in the engagement with the Confederate cruiser "Alabama." He served at the Mare island navy-yard from 1869 till 1871, during which time he superintended the erection of the naval hospital there. He was commissioned as medical inspector, 1 December, 1871, and was fleet-surgeon of the Pacific fleet in 1872-'6. He served at the naval hospital at Mare island, California, in 1876-'80, was commissioned a medical director, 6 October, 1878, and was a member of the examining board at Washington, from 2 July, 1880, to 26 October, 1882, when he took charge of the Museum of hygiene until 1 July, 1886, after which he was again appointed a member of the examining and retiring board. On 27 March, 1888, he was appointed chief of the bureau of medicine and surgery and surgeon-general of the navy.
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