Samuel Akerly (1785 - 1845)

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Dr. Samuel Akerly, a physician, educator, and naturalist, was born in 1785 in New York City. He graduated Columbia College in 1807, and was chosen to be an attending physician at the New York Dispensary. He served as a hospital surgeon during the War of 1812 and was honorably discharged in 1815 (Marshall 416). Akerly was superintendant and physician for the New York Institute for the Deaf before helping to found the New York Institute for the Blind in 1831. He wrote several books, such as Hooper's Medical Dictionary (written with Robert Hooper) and Elementary Exercises for the Deaf and Dumb, and published articles on minerology in scientific journals. He was one of the original members, and in 1819 second vice president, of the New York Lyceum of Natural History, later the New York Academy of Sciences, for which he wrote "An Essay on the Geology of the Hudson River, and the Adjacent Regions" in 1820, dedicated to his brother-in-law, the scientist and natural historian Samuel Latham Mitchill (Greene and Burke 52).  

Samuel Akerly married Mary Ketchum. They had at least one child, Samuel Mitchill Akerly.

Akerly purchased a property on the south shore of Staten Island in 1839, which he named Oakland Farm, and retired there. Akerly's family inherited the property upon his death, and in 1848 it was purchased by Frederick Law Olmstead, the future designer of Central Park. Olmstead lived and worked on the 125 acre farm through the 1850s (Martin 54). It is now a part of the City's Department of Parks and Recreation.

Akerly died on July 6, 1845. He is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.  
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Transcribed: Constant LoversAugust von KotzebueVolume 11/26/18052/9/1805
Transcribed: Constant LoversAugust von KotzebueVolume 21/26/18052/9/1805
Transcribed: Mystic Cottagers2/9/18052/23/1805
Transcribed: HermsprongRobert BageVolume 22/23/18053/2/1805
Transcribed: HermsprongRobert BageVolume 32/23/18053/2/1805
Transcribed: HermsprongRobert BageVolume 12/23/18053/2/1805
Transcribed: Hooles AriostoLodovico AriostoVolume 14/30/18055/4/1805
Transcribed: Quadripedes de Parag5/4/18055/10/1805
Transcribed: Roses BotanyCarl von Linné6/4/18056/22/1805
Transcribed: Liancourt TransactFrançois-Alexandre-Frédéric La Rochefoucauld-LiancourtVolume 16/22/18057/3/1805
Transcribed: "François-Alexandre-Frédéric La Rochefoucauld-LiancourtVolume 27/3/18057/15/1805
Transcribed: "François-Alexandre-Frédéric La Rochefoucauld-LiancourtVolume 37/15/18058/5/1805
Transcribed: History SpainCharles John Ann HerefordVolume 18/23/18058/23/1805
Transcribed: Radcliffes JourneyAnn Ward Radcliffe11/12/180511/21/1805
Transcribed: Fordyces SermonsJames FordyceVolume 111/21/180511/27/1805
Transcribed: Fordyces SermonsJames FordyceVolume 211/21/180511/27/1805
Transcribed: Athlyn & DunbaynAnne Radcliffe11/27/180512/3/1805
Transcribed: Abbey ClugnyMary MeekeVolume 212/3/180512/7/1805
Transcribed: Abbey ClugnyMary MeekeVolume 312/3/180512/7/1805
Transcribed: Abbey ClugnyMary MeekeVolume 112/3/180512/7/1805
Transcribed: Duke ClarenceMrs. E. M. FosterVolume 212/7/180512/19/1805
Transcribed: Duke ClarenceMrs. E. M. FosterVolume 112/7/180512/19/1805
Transcribed: Monthly MirrorVolume 112/19/1805
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