Wilson, Matthew, Dd
Wilson, Matthew, D.D.
eminent as a Presbyterian divine, a physician, and a teacher, was born in Chester County, Pa., Jan. 15, 1731. He received his education in an academy in New London, Pa., studied theology privately, was licensed to preach in April, 1754, ordained in October, 1755 and installed pastor of the congregations at Lewes and Cool Spring, Del., in April, 1756. He was regularly bred to the medical profession, and few physicians of his day manifested more medical skill and learning. He died March 30, 1790. Dr. Wilson was an instructive and persuasive preacher; learned, pious, patriotic, and benevolent in an eminent degree. He contributed medical papers to Aitken's Amer. Mag. 1775, and Carey's Amer. Mus. vol. 4 and Observations on the Winter of 1779-80 to Trans. Amer. Soc. vol. 3; and left prepared for the press (never published) A Therapeutic Alphabet. See Thacher, Amer. Med. Biog. 2, 197; Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 3, 178; Allibone, Dict. of Brit and Amer. Authors, s.v. (J. L. S.)