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Thu, 08.01.1833

Robert Reyburn, Doctor, and Administrator born

Robert Reyburn

*Robert Reyburn was born on this date in 1833. He was a white-American doctor.

From Glasgow, Glasgow City, Scotland, the son of James Reyburn and Jane Brown. In 1856, he graduated from the Philadelphia College of Medicine and Surgery. In January 1865, Dr. Robert Reyburn assumed the leadership of Freedmen's Hospital. The following year Reyburn was appointed to the medical faculty of the proposed Howard University, establishing the longstanding connection between the two institutions.

In 1869 the hospital was moved to the Howard University campus. Dr. Reyburn was appointed Surgeon-in-Chief of the hospital in 1868.  He served as Dean of the Medical College from 1870 to 1871 and again from 1900 to 1908. In 1884, Reyburn was instrumental in creating the first Black Medical Society in America.

He was also one of the surgeons who attended President Garfield after he was shot by Guiteau. He served as a Republican National Committeeman from the District of Columbia. Robert Reyburn died on Mar 25, 1909, in Washington, D.C.

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