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John Franklin Gray (1804-1881) is widely recognized as a medical reformer and amongst the first practitioners of homeopathy in United States.
Dr. Gray attended Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons before opening an office in Manhattan in 1826. He and his wife Elizabeth hosted a salon attracting artists and intellectuals of the day including William Cullen Bryant, John Greenleaf Whittier and Walt Whitman. Dr. Gray adopted homeopathy as major rule complementary to allopathic medicine and was the first to propose a national society of homeopathy. In 1834, he founded the New York Homeopathic Society. Its stated purpose was for the purpose of protecting, enriching and disseminating such of the propositions and testimonies of Homœopathia as upon mature trial they shall find to be sound and available.
His idea of a national society was realized in 1844 through the American Institute of Homeopathy of which he was a founding member.
A Marquand Pitcher chased with identical scenes was sold Sotheby's New York, Important 19th Century American Silver, Property of Masco Corporation, 20 January 1998, lot 69.
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