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|Full Name||Benjamin Rush|
|Birth Date||January 4, 1746|
|Death Date||April 19, 1813|
|Born||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Died||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Cause of Death||typhus fever|
|Father||John Harvey Rush|
|Mother||Susanna Hall Rush|
Ann Emily Rush
Mary B. Rush
Benjamin Rush Jr.
From age eight to approximately age 13, Rush went to a small county school, where he was taught by Samuel Finley, his uncle-in-law. After his father's death around age 8, Rush lived in the Finley's home. Many attribute Finley for Rush's interest in medicine. Decades later, he attended Finley on his deathbed.
Rush studied law under William Shippen. Years later, he resigned from his post as Surgeon General due to a bitter feud between them.
Rush was the next-door neighbor and close friend of William White, Bishop of Pennsylvania. During the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793, Rush and White were among the only members of Philadelphia society to remain behind in the city and tend the sick.
Rush wrote two furiously defaming letters about George Washington, one of them to Patrick Henry, and requested that they be read aloud to Washington by the recipients. Instead, they were shown to Washington, who recognized the handwriting despite them being unsigned. Ten days later, Rush wrote a third letter to John Adams, again slandering Washington. It was a move that ended Rush's military career, and one that he expressed deep regret over later in life. When John Marshall began writing a biography on Washington around 1803, Rush successfully convinced him not to include his name in any relaying of this affair.
In 1803, Thomas Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis to personally train with Rush in preparation for his famous expedition. Rush tutored the explorer in bloodletting, frontier illnesses, emetics, and the use of some medicines, many of which were supplied by Rush himself.
Rush was a friend of Thomas Jefferson.
Rush was a friend of William Bingham, and after a conversation with on Bingham's porch, Rush formed the idea of Dickinson College, which was founded in 1773.
Through his marriage to Julia Stockton in 1776, Rush was the son-in-law of Richard Stockton and the nephew-in-law of of Elias Boudinot.
Samuel A. Cartwright was a student of Rush's.
Rush was a friend of John Adams, and numerous letters between them have been found.
Rush was the father of Richard Rush.