Biography of Dr. George W. Dutton
Marin County, CA Biographies





Georges Washington Dutton, M. D. The subject of this sketch is of English descent, and a grandson of Captain Dutton, a soldier in the Continental army during the Revolutionary war, and was born in Sheldon Franklin county, Vermont, on December 18, 1826. He received his primary education in the common schools of Vermont and New York and Ohio, and during the years 1844-5, he attended Oberlin College, at Oberlin, Ohio, partly paying his tuition and board with manual labor. A want of funds compelled him to leave the college, and he at once engaged in teaching school. At the commencement of the Mexican war in 1846, he enlisted as a private soldier in the Third Regiment of Ohio Volunteers, Colonel S. R. Curtis, commanding, for a period of one year; but was detailed from the ranks to do duty in the medical department. Hem was honorably discharged at the expiration of his term of service, but remained with the army till the close of the war in a private capacity, and was engaged both in the commissary and edical departments. During this time, and in hospital service, he laid the foundation of surgical knowledge which with future study and experience has placed him at the head of his profession. In the Spring of 1849, he married J. M. McCauslen, daughter of Colonel W. C. McCauslen of the United States army. In the latter part of 1851, he came to California and remained one year, then returned to Ohio, and about the last part of 1852, commenced the study of medicine with Dr. Joseph Sheets at Steubenville, having previously attended the medical lectures one Winter at the University of New York, but not then with the view of practicing the medical profession. Mr. Dutton attended a course of medical lectures and human desections in the Winter of 1855-6 at the "University of Pennsylvania," in Philadelphia, the oldest Medical College in the United States, the school having been established by Franklin and some of his contemporaries before the separation of the Colonies from Great Britian. Dr. Dutton commenced the practice of medicine and surgery in the Spring of 1856, at Independence, Ohio, coming to California from this place in 1860, and settled in Tomales, Marin county. He has continued to practice his profession here till the present writing, with the exception of the Winter of 1868-9, which was spent at the "University of Pennsylvania" in Philadelphia where he graduated in the medical department of the University in the Spring of 1869. His portrait appears in this work.

From:
History of Marin County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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