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Dr. Philip Draper (1757-1817) South Dedham's First Physician

Updated: Aug 22, 2021

Dr. Philip Draper, son of Timothy and Hannah Draper, was born on March 2, 1757 in Dedham. He graduated from Harvard College in 1780 and married Mehitable Kingsbury, daughter of Jeremiah Kingsbury, a Revolutionary War veteran. The couple had two sons, Jeremiah (1789-1840) and Moses (1791-1870), both graduated from Harvard.

According to an early history of Norfolk County’s medical profession, Dr. Draper was likely the earliest resident physician in South Dedham and he was very well respected. His time was not exclusively devoted to medical pursuits, however. At one period he was a teacher. He died at the age of 60 on March 21, 1817. He is buried alongside his wife’s family, the Kingsburys, in Old Parish.

His widow, Mehitable Kingsbury Draper, and his son, Jeremiah, are buried in the cemetery on Pleasant Street, near their home which was on Sumner Street.

Route 1 & Sumner St. in 2021 the approximate site of the the Draper, Kingsbury Homes of the 19th century

Norwood 1876

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