Simon Gratz Moses
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Simon Gratz Moses was born in 1813, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In 1832, Simon Gratz Moses graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
Then, he studied medicine with Dr. Isaac Hayes.
Dr. Simon Gratz Moses graduated from medical school in 1835.
Dr. Simon Gratz Moses became the personal physician to Joseph Bonaparte, former King of Spain (and brother of the former emperor), who was living near Bordentown, New Jersey.
He traveled with Bonaparte throughout Europe.
Along the way . . .
In 1840, Dr. Simon Gratz Moses returned to Philadelphia.
In 1841, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri, becoming the first Jewish general practitioner there.
In 1842, Dr. Simon Gratz Moses helped establish the first dispensary in St. Louis.
Moses was a lecturer at Kemper College’s medical school.
At Missouri Medical College, he was Chair of the Obstetrics Department until 1853.
As a Confederate sympathizer, Dr. Simon Gratz Moses volunteered in medical facilities in Savannah, Georgia during the Civil War.
Simon Gratz Moses was a member of the St. Louis Medical Society.
He helped found the Obstetrical and Gynecological Society and the Medical-Chirurgical Society.
Simon Gratz Moses married Mary Porter Ashe (1812-1853) in 1838.
They had 4 children: Dr. Gratz A Moses, (1839-1901), Elizabeth (b.1841), John S. (b.1844) and Mary Ashe (b.1847).
Simon Gratz Moses married Marie Papin (1822-1901) in 1855, after the death of his first wife.
Dr. Simon Gratz Moses died in 1897.
He is buried at the Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.
- Ehrlich, Walter. Zion in the Valley: The Jewish Community of St. Louis. Volume 1. Columbia, Mo: University of Missouri Press, 1997.
- Simon Gratz Moses’ Obituary – http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11164846&ref=wvr
Samantha Silver is Curator of this Dr. Simon Gratz Moses Exhibit.
Appropriate pictures would be appreciated.