Biography and History

David Hosack (1769-1835), physician, botanist, and educator, was born in New York City. He began his education there, attending Columbia College; however, he transferred to the College of New Jersey (Princeton) and graduated in 1789. In 1795 he became professor of botany at Columbia, and later professor of materia medica, while maintaining an extensive private practice. He was one of the first physicians to use a stethoscope and was an advocate of smallpox vaccination. Hosack also established the Elgin Botanical Gardens, and was one of the founders of the New York Historical Society and Bellevue Hospital.

Hosack's second wife was Mary Eddy, sister of Thomas Eddy (1758-1827) of Philadelphia. Eddy was a prominent philanthropist and prison reformer. Hosack's son, Alexander Eddy Hosack (1805-1871), became a distinguished surgeon.

Source: From the finding aid for C0687

  • David Hosack Collection. 1793-1916 (inclusive), 1818-1850 (bulk).

    Call Number: C0687

    David Hosack was a physician, botanist, educator, and member of Princeton University class of 1789. The collection contains some of the Hosack family correspondence, deeds, indentures, wills, and other assorted family papers. In particular, some of the papers concern the land in Luzerne County.