Thomas Henry Mann (1843 – )

MANN, Thomas Henry, son of Levi and Lydia L. (Ware) Mann, was born in Wrentham, Norfolk county, April 8, 1843.

The district school and the high school of Walpole fitted him for college, but as he was upon the point of entering, the civil war broke out, and he went from the farm to the front, with the old militia company of Wrentham, attached to the 18th regiment, Massachusetts volunteers, March 1, 1863. He was promoted to the rank of corporal, and served with the company and regiment in every march and engagement till May 5, 1864, when he was taken prisoner in the battle of the Wilderness, after having participated in the battles of Yorktown, Williamsburg, Hanover Court House, the Seven Days’ Battle in front of Richmond, the Second Bull Run, Antietam, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and the Wilderness. He was twice severely wounded, but not disabled. He was held a prisoner from May, 1864, to March, 1865, and discharged from service May 7, 1865.

In the fall of that year he entered the medical department of Union College, and graduated three years later, afterwards taking a post-graduate course of one year at the Bellevue Medical College, New York City.

For two years he was resident physician in charge of the Albany City Dispensary, and he commenced private practice in Willimantic, Conn., in 1871. Two years later he moved to Block Island, where he remained the only physician on the island for four years. In the fall of 1876, completely restored in health by his life on the island, he removed to Woonsocket, R. I., where he practiced successfully for ten years. He was a member of the Homoeopathic Medical Society of Rhode Island, a member of the New York and Connecticut Homoeopathic Medical societies, and of the American Institute of Homoeopathy. His health failing again, however, he was obliged to relinquish practice, and became manager of the ‘ Woonsocket Patriot’ and the Patriot Printing Company. Two years later he moved to Milford, and established the ‘ Milford Daily News, with W. D. Leahy as partner.

In March, 1869, Dr. Mann married Julia Backus of Ashford, Conn. Their children are : Mary Isadore, Josephine Caroline, Henry Levi, and Philip James Mann.”

Source:  One of a Thousand: A Series of Biographical Sketches of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1888-’89, by John Clark Rand, The First National Publishing Co., Boston, 1890, page 392


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