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Horatio Robinson Storer


Born at Boston, Massachusetts. Graduate of Harvard in 1850. For some time he was their oldest living graduate. Received MD from Harvard in 1853. Also an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1868. Married Emily Elvira Gilmore July 12, 1853. She died in 1872. They had a daughter and three sons including Malcolm. He married her sister, Augusta Caroline Gilmore, September 20, 1872. She died in 1874. Married Frances S. Mackenzie September 15, 1876. They had three sons. He was ANA member number 67.

Storer was a noted teacher and lecturer in the field of gynecology. He introduced the use of chloroform in obstetrics. He became a specialist in gynecology, a field not previously recognised as a seperate branch of medicine. He contracted blood poisoning during an operation in 1872 that left him a semi-invalid. He turned to travel and numismatics to occupy his time.

In 1918, nearing the age of 90, he volunteered for service with the Medical Corps. He was accepted and placed on call.

Storer wrote many articles about numismatics and medicine. Author of The Medals, Jettons, and Tokens Illustrative of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1887. He donated his collection of about 3500 medals relating to medicine to the Boston Medical Library. His collection of Rhode Island medals and tokens was donated to the Newport Historical Society. Other items were donated to the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard University.

Author of The Medals and Tokens of Rhode Island in 1895. His NUM obituary includes a listing of 21 articles in various publications. He died at Newport, Rhode Island.

Storer appears on a medallic plaque by Dr. R. Tait McKenzie of the University of Pennsylvania. It was issued in 1913.

bio: ApCAB; DAB; Drake; NCAB 10, 11; TCBDA; WWWA-1; NUM 7 Oct 1895 p 255-257; photo opp 243

obit: NUM 35 Nov 1922 pages 560-562

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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