Winslow Hatch, M.D.
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|Name: Frederick W.
Cause of death: senility
Death date: Feb 24, 1924
Place of death: Sacramento, CA
Birth date: 1850
Type of practice: Allopath
States and years of licenses: CA, 1876
Places and dates of practices: Sacramento, CA, 1873
Hospital affiliations: Agnew State Hospital, CA
Medical school(s): Jefferson Medical College of Thomas
Jefferson University, Philadelphia, 1873, (G)
Journal of the American Medical Association Citation:
Dr. Frederick Winslow Hatch, of
Sacramento, who has been a resident of California for more than half a
century, has attained to an eminent position in his profession through
the exercise of his native talents and acquired ability, and in
recognition of his prominence he has been appointed for the second time
by the governor of the state to the position of general superintendent
of state hospitals.
Dr. Hatch, born in Kenosha,
Wisconsin, on the 4th of December, 1849, is a son of Frederick Winslow
and Sarah R. Hatch, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of
New York. The Hatch family is of English origin and the first of the
name in America cross the Atlantic during colonial days, settling in
Massachusetts. Later generations of the family, however, removed to
Virginia and there the grandfather of Dr. Hatch labored for the
spiritual welfare of his fellow men as a minister of the Episcopal
church, and later went to Washington, D. C., where he twice filled the
part of chaplain of the United States senate. Dr. Frederick W. Hatch,
Sr., became a practicing physician and in the year 1851 made his way to
California, locating in Sacramento, where he engaged in the practice of
medicine and surgery up to the time of his death, which occurred in
1883. He was not only active in his calling but took an active part in
many public measures which promoted the general welfare of the county
and state. He was secretary of the state board of health for a number of
years, filling that position at the time his life's labors were ended.
He was also a member of the Sacramento school board and putting forth
effective effort, the result of which is still manifest in the present
excellent school system of the city. It was owing to his efforts that
the first high school building of Sacramento was erected, and his
influence was likewise potent in other lines resulting to the good of
the community. His family numbered five children: Thurston B., who died
at the age of thirty-five years; Frederick W., of this review; Mrs. A.
L. Blanchard; Frank and Henry.
It was in 1853 that Dr. Hatch, was
brought to California, together with the other children of the family,
the journey being made by way of the Nicaraguan route. Reared in
Sacramento, he attended the public schools and then the high school of
this city, continuing his studies until he reached the age of eighteen
years, when he assumed the duties and cares of a business career.
first followed civil engineering in the employ of the Central Pacific
Railroad Company for two years, when, determining to enter upon the
practice of medicine as a life work, he began reading in the office and
under the direction of his father, while his collegiate training was
received in Jefferson Medical College, of Philadelphia, in which
institution he was graduated in 1873, his MD degree being at that time
conferred upon him.
Dr. Hatch then returned to
California and practiced for a few years in Sacramento. In 1879 he was
elected second assistant physician of the Napa State Insane Asylum,
remaining there until the fall of 1889, when he was elected
superintendent of Agnew's State Asylum, filling that position in a most
capable manner until 1897, when he was appointed by Governor Budd to the
office of general superintendent of state hospitals under the new lunacy
law, which had just gone into effect. He was reappointed by Governor
Gage, and is now serving for the second term. His previous experience as
superintendent of asylums for the insane, added to his comprehensive and
accurate general knowledge of medicine and surgery, well qualified him
for the position, and his course is one which has given eminent
satisfaction t the public, the profession and the administration.
In 1882 occurred the marriage of
Dr. Hatch and Miss Florence Folansbee, a native of California and a
daughter of one of the pioneer residents of northern California, who
located in the state when it was the scene of wild mining excitement and
when the commercial and industrial activity for which it is now famous
had scarcely been instituted. Dr. Hatch and his wife have one daughter.
HATCH, Frederick Winslow, physician,
born in Charlottesville, Virginia, 2 March. 1822; died in Sacramento,
California, 10 October, 1885. He was graduated at Union college in 1841,
and in medicine at the University of New York in 1843. He removed to
Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 1846, and in 1851 to Sacramento, California,
where he was professor of materia medica, and afterward of the
principles and practice of medicine, in the University of California.
Dr. Hatch was a trustee, and from 1868 until his death president, of the
Medical association of California, permanent secretary of the State
board of health, and in 1862-'6 president of the board of health of
Sacramento. He wrote numerous papers on the climate of California, and
the medical springs of that state.
Edited Appletons Encyclopedia, Copyright © 2001 VirtualologyTM
(The personal edited research
notes of Michael Echols, the source of which may or
may not be completely documented)