The Biographical Dictionary of America/Abbott, Samuel Warren

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ABBOTT, Samuel Warren, surgeon, was born in Woburn, Mass., June 12, 1837. He was graduated at Brown, A.B., 1858, A.M., 1861, and at Harvard medical school in 1862. He was an assistant surgeon in the U.S. navy, 1861-64; resigning to enter the army, where he served as assistant surgeon and surgeon of the 1st Massachusetts cavalry, 1864-65. At the close of the war he engaged in practice in Woburn, and subsequently in Wakefield, Mass. He was coroner of Middlesex county, 1872-77; medical examiner, 1877-84, and secretary of the Massachusetts state board of health from 1886. He was married in 1864 to Martha W., daughter of Thomas V. Sullivan of Woburn, Mass. He became a member of the American Medical association; American Public Health association; American Statistical association; Royal Statistical Society of Great Britain, and an associate of the Societe Francaise d'Hygiene. He published several papers on hygiene.