Shadrach Mellen Cate

Shadrach M. Cate was born in Loudon, N.H., on October 24, 1823, and was the tenth child of Shadrach and Rebecca Cate. He studied medicine in the office of Alpheus Morrill in Concord and both became converts to homeopathic practice. S. M. Cate then attended the medical department at Western Reserve College in Cleveland, Ohio (1844-1845) and was admitted to the Ohio Homoepathic Medical Society. In 1845, he and Dr. Morrill removed to Columbus and opened the first homeopathic medical practice there. Dr. Cate then returned to New Hampshire in 1847 and introduced homeopathy in Loudon. He married Martha J. Messer in January 1849 and, in 1854, received an M.D. from the Western Homeopathic Medical College in Cleveland.

In 1850, Dr. Cate was practicing in Augusta, Maine, then, in 1860, in Salem, Massachusetts, where he became a member of the Massachusetts Homeopathic Medical Society and was its president in 1866; he appears to have practiced in Salem for many years. In 1893, he was practicing in Harvard, Massachusetts [possibly the source of confusion with Harvard Medical School], then Lancaster, Mass. (1896) and Danvers, Mass. (1898). He certainly published "Treatise on some diseases of the bones and ligaments" (Washington, 1886) and "Correct observation in medicine: an address before the Mass. Homeopathic Medical Society" (1864), "Some suggestions on hydrothorax" (1869), and probably other articles in the homeopathic medical literature.

Shadrach Mellen Cate died April 23, 1898, and is buried in Harmony Grove Cemetery, City of Salem, in the county of Essex, Massachusetts, situated in the way called Laurel Path and numbered 1692 on the plan of the cemetery.

Shadrach M. Cate Sr. was my gg Grandfather and Shadrach Mellen Cate (above) was my g Grandfatherr.

Peter Mellen Cate, Dr. Wagner-Jauregg-G. 6-8/4/8, A3430 Tulln, Austria

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