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FOLTZ, Jonathan Messersmith, surgeon, born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 25 April 1810; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 12 April 1877. He entered the U. S. navy as assistant surgeon, 4 April 1831 and landed with the storming party at Qualah Battoo, Sumatra, being specially commended in Captain Shubrick's official dispatch. He was made surgeon, 8 December 1838, and was attached to the frigate " Raritan," of the Brazil squadron, in 1844'7, and to the " Jamestown," of the same squadron, in 1851'4. He was fleet surgeon of the Western Gulf squadron in 1862'3, and was with Farragut on the "Hartford" in all his battles during those years. He occupied the same place on the "Franklin" during Farragut's voyage to Europe in 1867'8, and in 1870'1 was president of the naval medical board. He became medical director on 3 March 1871, and chief of the bureau of medicine and surgery, with the rank of commodore, on 25 October of that year. He was placed on the retired list, 25 April 1872. Dr. Foltz published "Endemic Influence of an Evil Government" (New York, 1843).
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