Skip to Content

Reuben D. Mussey

« Back to Glossary Index

– Biography:
– Born on June 23, 1780, in Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
– Studied at Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
– Became a professor at Dartmouth College, Middlebury College, and other institutions.
– Credited as the first surgeon to tie both carotid arteries in 1829.
– Died on June 21, 1866, in Boston.

– Family:
– Son Reuben D. Mussey, Jr. was a lawyer and married to Ellen Spencer Mussey.
– First wife Mary Sewall had no children; second wife Herry Osgood had nine children.
– Sons William H. Mussey and Francis B. Mussey followed their father into medicine.
– Son Charles F. Mussey became a Presbyterian minister.
– Daughters Maria and Catharine married Lyman Mason and Shattuck Hartwell, respectively.

– Mussey was a vegetarian who abstained from alcohol and tobacco.
– Gave up eating land animal flesh in 1832.
– Contributed to William Alcott’s vegetarian journal, “Library of Health.”
– Book “Health: Its Friends and Foes” (1862) discussed vegetarianism and dangers of tobacco.
– Founding member and vice-president of the American Vegetarian Society in the 1850s.

– Selected publications:
– “Health: Its Friends and Foes” (1862).
– “What Shall I Drink?” (1863).

– References:
– Hamilton, John B. (1896). Life and Times of Doctor Reuben D. Mussey.
– Capace, Nancy. (2000). Encyclopedia of New Hampshire.
– Reuben Dimond Mussey. Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions.
– Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter M (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
– The First Century of the Republic, Harpers New Monthly Magazine, 1876.

Reuben D. Mussey (Wikipedia)

Reuben Dimond Mussey, Sr. (June 23, 1780 – June 21, 1866) was an American physician, surgeon, vegetarian and an early opponent of tobacco. He was the fourth president of the American Medical Association.

Reuben Dimond Mussey
BornJune 23, 1780
DiedJune 21, 1866
Occupation(s)Physician, writer
« Back to Glossary Index