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KEMP, William Miller, physician, born in Frederick county, Maryland, 21 February, 1814; died in Baltimore, Md., 6 September, 1886. He was graduated in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1834, and settled in Baltimore in 1839. While he was president of the board of health of Baltimore in 1855, he repeatedly visited Norfolk, Virginia, where yellow fever was epidemic. A careful study of this disease in that city convinced him that it was noncontagious, and the board of health therefore determined, with the best results, not to quarantine vessels that transported persons from Norfolk to Baltimore. Dr. Kemp was president of the board of health until 1861, in 1859 was a founder and president of the National quarantine and sanitary association, and in 1883 was president of the Baltimore medical and chirurgical faculty. He continued to practise in Baltimore until his death. He published various surgical and medical papers. KEMPER, Jackson, P. E. bishop, born in Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, New York, 24 December, 1789; died in Delafield, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, 24 May, 1870. He was graduated at Columbia in 1809, studied theology, was ordered deacon in 1811, and ordained priest in 1812. He was the assistant of Bishop White in the rectorship of St. Peter's church, Philadelphia, until 1831, when he was called to be rector of St. Paul's, Norwalk, Connecticut In 1835 he was elected the first missionary bishop of the Protestant Episcopal church, his jurisdiction comprising what was then known as the northwest. Out of it have since been formed the dioceses of Mis-scurf, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. Early in the winter of the latter year Bishop Kemper reached St. Louis, where he took up his residence until he removed to Wisconsin in 1844. Meanwhile (about 1838) he had been elected bishop of Maryland, but preferred the more burdensome office he then held. In 1847, Wisconsin having been organized into a diocese, the primary convention elected Bishop Kemper diocesan. He again declined, but, on being unanimously reelected in 1854, he accepted on condition that he should still remain missionary bishop. The latter office, however, he finally resigned in 1859, and from that time until his death confined his labors entirely to the diocese of Wisconsin. He had been active in the establishment of a theological seminary within the bounds of his episcopate, and when it was founded at Nashotah, Wisconsin, he took up his residence on an adjoining farm. In 1868, notwithstanding his great age, he attended the general council of bishops in London, and received from the University of Cambridge the degree of EL. D. That of S. T. D. had already been conferred upon him by Columbia in 1829.--His sister, Sophia Cornelia, lived to be over one hundred (b. in 1777; died in Easton, Pennsylvania, 19 January, 1879), and married Samuel Sitgreaves, minister to England under President Adams.
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