Packer, David, Md
Packer, David, M.D., a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born in Newark, Vt., Feb. 20, 1808; was converted in Burke in 1823; received an exhorter's license in 1832; and began preaching in the Vermont Conference in 1839, where he remained until 1864. His health failing, he attended a course of medical lectures in Philadelphia in 1865, where he graduated as M.D. In 1866 Packer took a superannuated relation in his conference, and entered upon the practice of his newly acquired profession at Lowell, Mass.; but he was prostrated by sickness in 1867, and removed to Chelsea, hoping the change of climate might improve his health. A shock of apoplexy in 1873, however, and another in 1874, left him a physical wreck; and, after a year's residence in Minnesota he died in Chelsea, Mass., Dec. 1, 1875. He was successful both as a minister and a physician.