Parrish, Joseph

Parrish, Joseph M.D. a Quaker noted for his philanthropy, was born in Philadelphia Sept. 2, 1779. Even as a youth he distinguished himself by his pious life. In his twenty-second year he engaged in the study of medicine, and after entering the medical profession became noted for his skill. He was also an elder in the Society of Friends, and by a noble and consistent life gained the esteem of his fellows. Dr. Parrish especially interested himself in the welfare of the American Indians. He watched with deep concern those measure which affected their rights, and frequently engaged in efforts to shield them from injury. He was also the friend of the colored people, and early advocated their emancipation. He died March 13, 1840. See Janney Hist. of Friends, 4:126, 127.

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