Frederick Dalcho

Birth: 1770
Death: 1836, Nov. 24
Occupation: doctor

Associated Counties

  • Baltimore City

Additional Information

  • Dates: 1770-1835
    Notes: Frederick Dalcho, a nephew of Dr. Charles Frederick Wiesenthal, was born in London, of Prussian parents in 1770. His father was an officer under Frederick the Great, who was severely wounded in battle and retired by permission of his sovereign to spend the remainder of his life in London. Young Dalcho, upon invitation of his uncle, came to Baltimore in 1787. Here he obtained a good classical education and studied medicine and botany under his uncle. He attended the lectures of Drs. A Wiesenthal and Geo. Buchanan in 1789-90. He is credited by his biographer with having obtained the degree of M.D., and he may have been a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, although his name is not contained in the catalogue of that institution, which is known to be defective. If he graduated there it was probably in 1792. He was appointed surgeon-mate in the U.S.A. in 1792, serving in South Carolina. Later he became a surgeon, but resigned and settled in practice in Charleston in 1799. In 1805 he was Secretary of the South Carolina Medical Society. He was trustee of the South Carolina Botanic Garden. In 1807 he was editing the Charleston Courier. Some years later he studied theology and was ordained deacon in the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1814 and priest in 1818. He was appointed rector of St. Michael’s Church, Charleston, in 1819. He was also made Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Masons of the State. He died November 24, 1836. Dr. Dalcho was the author of “An Historical Account of the Protestant Episcopal Church in South Carolina, from its First Settlement to the Revolution.” 1820, a work which is an authority upon its subjec t. He also wrote “Ahriman Rezon” for Masons, 1822. He also edited The Gospel Messenger.
    Source: Cordell, Eugene Fauntleroy, Medical Annals of Maryland 1799-1899 Baltimore: The Medical and Chirurgical Faculty for the State of Maryland: 18
  • Dates: 1770-1836
    Source: Quinan, John Russell, Medical Annals of Baltimore from 1608 to 1880, including Events, Men and Literature to which is added a Subject Index and Record of Public Services Baltimore: Press of Isaac Friedenwald: 89