Frederic Daniels Morse, M. D., of Lawrence, is one of the oldest and most successful physicians of Kansas. He came to Kansas in 1868 and located at Lawrence, where he has since practiced his profession. Dr. Morse was born in Millis (then East Medway), Mass., Dec. 25. 1838. His parents were Asa Daniels and Eliza (Hill) Morse. Both were natives of Massachusetts, and were descended from sturdy New England stock. Dr. Morse is of the eighth generation of the Morse family in America, the progenitor coming from England in 1632. Both the Morse and Hill families have been prominent in the records of New England.
Asa Daniels Morse was a farmer, and on his farm his son, Dr. F. D. Morse, was reared, and was sent to the public schools, then to Monson Academy, at which he graduated in 1858. He then entered Amherst College, at which he was graduated in 1862. Immediately after graduating in Amherst he enlisted in Company B, Forty-second Massachusetts infantry, as a private, serving about one year. The term of enlistment was nine months, but he served nearly a year, being mustered out of the service Aug. 20, 1863. He took up the study of medicine at Rush Medical College, Chicago, in which he graduated in 1867. For a short time he practiced his profession with his preceptor, Dr. C. M. Fitch, of Chicago. In August, 1868, he located at Lawrence, Kan., where he has continued in an active and successful practice, occupying the same office, for thirty-three years. For six years he lectured to Kansas University medical students, his subject being, "History of Medicine." He has served as president of the Kansas State Medical Society, of which he was secretary for ten years. He is a member of the Douglas county and Kansas state medical societies, and of the American Medical Association. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and since 1893 has been a member of the United States board of pension examiners. In politics Dr. Morse has affiliated with the Republican party, but he has never sought political honors. He is a Knight Templar and Thirtieth degree Scottish Rite Mason, also a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, Abdallah Temple, at Leavenworth. Both he and his wife are members of the Congregational church at Lawrence, he being a deacon in the church.
Dr. Morse was married at Monson, Mass., in 1869, to Miss Addie A. Smith, born at Monson, and who is descended from an old and highly respected Massachusetts family. Dr. and Mrs. Morse have no children. Their lives have been exemplary, and in Lawrence, where they have lived for over thirty-three years, they are highly respected. Dr. Morse has won a high place in the esteem and confidence of not only the public, but also of his professional brethren.Pages 773-774 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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