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HUNT, John Wesley, physician, born in Groveland, Livingston County, New York, 10 October, 1834. He was educated at the Wesleyan seminary, Lima, New York, and graduated at the University medical college, New York city, in 1859. He served on the house surgical staff in Bellevue hospital, New York city, and began practice in Jersey City, New Jersey In May, 1861, he was commissioned as surgeon of a New York regiment, and served at Fortress Monroe where he was remarkably successful in treating the disease that became known as Chickahominy fever. In May, 1862, he was made brigade-surgeon of volunteers, and placed in charge of the Mill Creek hospital, near Fortress Monroe. There he demonstrated the practicability of thoroughly ventilating a large building crowded with wounded men. In August, 1862, he was attacked with fever, and returned to the north. He resigned from the army, and after months of illness resumed his practice. He was one of the organizers of the Jersey City charity hospital, and first president of its medical board. He has read papers before the Hudson County medical society, and contributed to the "Transactions" of the New Jersey medical society.
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