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HOUGH, John Stockton, physician, born in Yardley, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 5 December, 1845. His ancestor, Richard Hough, of Cheshire, England, was a follower of William Penn, came to this country in 1683, and bought a large tract of land, now Yardley, Pennsylvania He was a member of the Supreme executive council of Pennsylvania, and a representative in the provincial assembly, till he was drowned in 1704. John Stockton finished his preparatory education at the Polytechnic college, Philadelphia, 1867, where he became master of chemistry in 1870, and was graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1868, and in that year became adjunct professor of experimental chemistry at the Philadelphia high school. He was a resident physician to the Philadelphia hospital, 1868-'9, after which he was a physician in Philadelphia till 1874. He has invented a process of constructing fire-proof buildings, and various surgical instruments, and is the author of numerous papers on biology, seculative physiology, social science, vital statistics, etc., a complete list of which is contained in the "Index Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General's Office," Washington, D.C. At present (1887) he is compiling a bibliography of medical literature.
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