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Henry Ward Beecher and Dr. Morris Townsend

Henry Ward Beecher and Dr. Morris Townsend Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


During the Civil War (1861-1865), it was a Mary Esther Townsend who suggested that the Clarysville Inn, located just east of Frostburg, be used as a United States Government Hospital. Her husband, Dr. Morris Miller Townsend, was instrumental in having this accomplished and served as the first hospital superintendent.

After the war Dr. Townsend became somewhat wealthy selling a medicinal tonic. Dr. Townsend's elixir was prepared in Frostburg, trademarked 1880, and sold as a cure for Hay Fever, Asthma, and Autumnal Catarrh.

The top of this medicine bottle notes that this is, "the only remedy used and recommended by the Reverend Henry Ward Beecher". Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887), was a famous abolitionist, clergyman, reformer, orator, and brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe who wrote, "Uncle Tom's Cabin".


From the collection of Albert and Angela Feldstein

Collection Location:
Allegany County, Maryland

African Americans, History; Allegany County (Md.), History.

Allegany County (Md.), 1890-2008

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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