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William Whelan

Death: Jun 11, 1865

Birthplace: Philadelphia

Nationality: United States

William Whelan

Date of Death : Jun 11, 1865
Birth Place : Philadelphia

Dr. William Whelan was the third Chief of the US Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Whelan was born September 1808, in Philadelphia. Upon his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania in 1828, Dr. Whelan was commissioned a surgeon’s mate in the U.S. Navy. His service included duty in the West Indian Squadron, Naval Hospital, Pensacola, FL, where he was on duty during the prevalence there of smallpox and yellow fever, at Naval Hospital Chelsea, MA, and the Navy Yard, Philadelphia. He was promoted passed assistant surgeon in 1834 and was commissioned surgeon on 9 February 1837. From 1837 to 1840, he served in the Pacific aboard USS Falmouth. From 1843 to 1845 he served as fleet surgeon in the Mediterranean Squadron and again from 1849 to 1852. He was appointed Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery 23 September 1853, by the President Franklin Pierce and confirmed by Congress 23 January 1854. He held this office until his death 11 June 1865. He was thus Chief of Bureau during the American Civil War and the troubled period that preceded that conflict.

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