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EDES, Richard Sullivan, clergyman, born in Providence, R. I., 24 April 1810; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 26 August 1877. He was sixth in descent from John Edes. He was graduated at Brown in 1830, and at Harvard Divinity School in 1834, and held various Unitarian pastorates, the last in Boston, Massachusetts, retiring from the ministry in a few years. He was active in public affairs, and took special interest in educational matters. Besides numerous discourses and addresses, he published a memoir of Peter Edes in the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register" (1862); " Journal and Letters relative to Two Journeys to the Ohio Country in 1788 and 1789 made by Colonel John May" with a biographical sketch (Cincinnati, 1873); and assisted in the preparation of " A Genealogy of the Descendants of John May" (Boston, 1878).
His son, Robert Thaxter Edes, physician, born in Eastport, Maine, 23 September 1838, was graduated at Harvard in 1858, and took his degree in medicine there in 1861. In September following he was appointed acting assistant surgeon in the U. S. navy, in January 1862, assistant surgeon, and in May 1865, passed assistant surgeon, resigning in the same month, having taken an extended tour in Europe he then practiced his profession at Hingham, Massachusetts, Roxbury, and Boston, where in 1872'5 he was assistant professor of materia medica at Harvard. He held the full professorship from 1875 till 1884, and in 1884 was Jackson professor of clinical medicine. In 1886 Dr. Edes removed to Washington, D.C. He was for several years one of the visiting physicians at Boston City hospital. He is a member of various medical societies, was a contributor of many articles to medical journals, and to Peppers's "System of Medicine," and has published "Nature and Time in the Cure of Diseases" (Boston, 1868), and "Physiology and Pathology of the Sympathetic Nerve" (New York, 1869), both originally prize essays, and "Therapeutic Hand Book of U. S. Pharmacopoeia" (1883).
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