Nathan Ryno Smith


Personal and Family Information

Nathan was born on 21 May 1797 in Cornish, New Hampshire, the son of Nathan Smith and Sarah Hall Chase.

He died on 3 Jul 1877 in Baltimore, Maryland.

His wife was Juliette Octavia Penniman, who he married on 26 JUL 1821 in Burlington, VT. Their three known children were Sarah Francis (1822-1872), Alan Penniman (1840-1898) and Berwick B (1826-1860).

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Nathan Ryno Smith


Nathan Smith


Sarah Hall Chase



Birth21 MAY 1797
Place: Cornish, New Hampshire
Address: 1 PM
Agency: 1860 census Maryland
Death3 JUL 1877
Place: Baltimore, Maryland
Census7 SEP 1860
Place: Baltimore, Maryland
Age: 63
Address: Physician with wife, adult children, grandchildren, and a variety of servants dwelling 2137, family 1994
Agency: 1860 census Maryland
Census8 AUG 1870
Place: Baltimore Ward 10, Maryland
Age: 73 born NH
Address: Physician with wife, 2 adult children, 5 servants dwelling 1240 family 263 son Alan P dwellling 1241 family 2364
BurialJUL 1877
Place: Baltimore, Maryland
Age: 80
Address: Loudon Park Cemetery, plot CC findagrave 139993827
ResidenceFROM 1827 TO 1877
Place: Baltimore, Maryland


EducationFROM 1817 TO 1862Medical Doctor
Place: Yale
Address: Yale A.B. 1817 Yale M.D 1820 Princeton LL. D 1862


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Nathan Ryno Smith From Wikipedia

Nathan Ryno Smith (1797-1877) was an American surgeon and medical school professor.

Smith was born in Cornish, New Hampshire. He was the son of Sarah Hall Chase and Nathan Smith. Like his father Smith went into the medical profession, but he went to Yale instead of Harvard, receiving his MD in 1820. Smith had received his bachelors degree in 1817, and had worked as a tutor for a family in Fauqier County, Virginia for a time before taking up medical studies.[1]

Smith set up a medical practice at Burlington, Vermont in 1824 and the following year was appointed a professor of surgery at the University of Vermont. After this Smith moved to Philadelphia where he was involved in the founding of Jefferson Medical College. Smith later joined the faculty of the University of Maryland where he served as the clinical surgeon at the Baltimore Infirmary. Smith initially joined the University of Maryland faculty in 1827, but he left the following year to be a professor of medicine at Transylvania University. He did not return to the University of Maryland until 1840, but remained on the faculty there for the next 30 years.

Smith and his wife Julitte had two sons of note. One, Alan Penniman Smith (born 1840) was an incorporator of Johns Hopkins University. Another, Berwick B. Smith became a demonstrator in anatomy at the University of Maryland in 1852 but died in 1859. Smith's grandson, Samuel Theobald was a professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University.

Nathan Smith (physician) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nathan Smith (1762–1829) was one of New England’s best-known and respected physicians. He was a skilled surgeon, teacher, writer, and practitioner. At a time when most American physicians were poorly educated, he single-handedly founded Dartmouth Medical School, and co-founded the University of Vermont College of Medicine, the medical school at Bowdoin College, and the Yale School of Medicine.

Smith first began work as a surgeon in Chester, Vermont at age 21. He later went to the Harvard College's medical department where he obtained his MB in 1790.[1] Smith was the third graduate of Harvard's medical department. He was later awarded an MD by Harvard in 1811. In 1803 Smith had gone to the University of Edinburgh where he attended medical classes for a year.

Initially the only member of the Dartmouth Medical School faculty, Smith taught anatomy, chemistry, surgery, and clinical medicine. He essentially served as dean and treasurer of the medical school, also. Smith emphasized experience rather than theory, and he largely eschewed bleeding and purging, favoring support of the body's own healing powers and attentiveness to the patient's comfort. Using these principles, he was a consultant on the child Joseph Smith, the future Mormon prophet, saving his leg from amputation.

At Yale Smith was the first professor of physic, surgery and obstetrics.[2]

Smith's four sons all became physicians, the most prominent being Nathan Ryno Smith.

Smith-Theobald Family From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Smith-Theobald Family was one of the most prominent families in the history of American medicine.

Nathan Smith (1762–1829) was the first member of the family to be a surgeon. He founded or taught at the medical schools of Dartmouth College, the University of Vermont and Yale University.

Nathan had four sons, all of whom were physicians. His son Nathan Ryno Smith, was a professor at many medical schools, with the later part of his career spent at the University of Maryland.

A grandson through a different son, Nathan Lincoln Smith (1822–1898) was a professor of medicine at George Washington University.

Berwick B. Smith (1826–1860) and Alan Penniman Smith (1840–1898), sons of Nathan Ryno Smith, were both professors at the University of Maryland medical school. Alan Smith was involved in convincing Johns Hopkins to found Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Alan's sons, Nathan Ryno Smith, Jr. (born 1863) and Walter Prescott Smith (1868–1902) were both physicians as well. However, the continuation into the next generation of the tradition of medical educators was brought through Nathan Ryno Smith's (the elder one) daughter Sarah Frances Smith Theobald. Her husband, Elisha Warfield Theobald (1818–1851) was a physician as well. Her younger son, Elisha Warfield Theobald Jr., (1850–1877) was a physician but did not live long enough to make a great impact on the profession. However Samuel Theobald, Sarah's older son, became head of the American Ophthalmological Society and was from 1893-1925 an active professor at Johns Hopkins University (he was emeritus for the next five years until his death). Sarah also had a daughter whose son Warfield Theobald Longcope was also a professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Samuel Theobald From Wikipedia

Samuel Theobald (November 12, 1846 – December 30, 1930) was a clinical professor of ophthalmology and otology at Johns Hopkins University Medical School.

Theobald was born in Baltimore, the son of Elisha Warfield Theobald and his wife Sarah Frances Smith. The elder Theobald was a medical doctor, as was Samuel's older brother, Elisha Warfield, Jr. (see Smith-Theobald Family). Theobald's father died in 1851 so he was largely raised in the home of his grandfather, the surgeon Nathan Ryno Smith. Theobald had an uncle (one of N. R. Smith's sons) who was a demonstrator in anatomy at the University of Maryland as well, but this uncle died in 1859.

Theobald completed his MD at the University of Maryland in 1867. About this time, Theobald married Caroline Dexter DeWolf. He then went to study ophthalmology in London and Vienna and otology in Vienna. Among other professors, Theobald studied under Jonathan Hutchinson and Soelberg Wells.

In 1871 Theobald returned to Baltimore to practice these disciplines. In 1882 he was one of the founders of the Baltimore Eye, Ear and Throat Charity Hospital. In 1889 when the Johns Hopkins Hospital was opened Theobald was one of its original staff physicians. In 1893 when the Johns Hopkins Medical School opened, Theobald was a faculty member.

Theobald also contributed to the development of Theobald lacrimal probes and introduced the use of boric acid in the profession. Theobald wrote Prevalent Disease of the Eye. He served as the 14th President of the American Ophthalmological Society.

Theobald became emeritus in 1925, the same year that the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute was founded at Johns Hopkins.


  1. The Life and Letters of Nathan Smith, M.B. M.D.
    Source: The Life and Letters of Nathan Smith, M.B. M.D.
    Authors: Emily A Smith
    Date: 1914
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press London: Hmphrey Milford Oxford University Press -- found on Google Books --