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Trevett, Samuel R. (1783-1822).

Samuel R. Trevett, surgeon of the United States Navy; educated at Har- vard University, and graduated in 1804. He studied medicine under Dr. Holy- oke, of Salem, and Dr. John Warren and entered the United States Navy as surgeon's mate. He had a great liking for this service, his heart and soul belonged to it. "His imagination," says Thacher, "was prolific in calling up the brightest visions of the future glories of the American Navy." He served on the "Constitution" during the last year of the War of Independence. During the War of 1812 he was on duty on the same ship and later on the "President." At the close of this war he was appointed surgeon of the Charleston Navy Yard, and in 1822 was ordered as surgeon on the sloop of war "Peacock," but was seized with yellow fever and died at Norfolk, Virginia, November 4, 1822. Trevett was a most able, conscientious and amiable gentleman, an enthusiastic servant to his country and a model of an American naval officer. A. A.

Thacher, Am. Med. Biogr., Bost., 1828.

Trimble, James (1818-1885).

He was born in T>Tone, Ireland, 1818, but little is known of his early life and antecedents except that he studied medicine and having obtained his M. D., entered the British Navy as a surgeon, then resigned his commission and settled in California in 1849 — the year of the great gold rush. He practised very successfully in the Golden State until 1858, when he moved to Victoria, then the capital of the Crown Colony of Van- couver Island. No doubt he was in- duced to take this step by reason of the rich discoveries of gold in the bars of the Eraser River. At this time thousands of miners and adventurers were flocking to Victoria from California, on their way to the new gold fields. He succeeded in the new Colony and soon became well known and popular. For two years he was mayor of Victoria, and when the Crown Colon v of British Colum-


bia entered the Dominion of Canada, he again entered the political arena, 1874. Greatly respected and trusted by his fellow members, he was unanimously elected Speaker of the first provincial parliament after Confederation, presiding over the debates with dignity and impar- tiality. He achieved an enviable repu- tation as a successful practitioner and for many years was one of the leading members of the profession. Many of the men and women now eminent in British Columbia were ushered into this world by the kindly and learned physician who did so much to uphold the honor of the profession in these early days in Van- couver.

He was a fine example of the pioneer physician and surgeon. It should be remembered that in his day there were none of those medical conveniences which now abound in the Province of British Columbia. In common with all other pioneer medical men he had to depend entirely upon his own exertions and that he was eminently successful speaks volumes for his resourcefulness.

Dr. Trimble died on New Year's Day, 1885, after a short illness, from gangrene, complicated by heart disease.

O. M. J.

Triplet, Charles Stuart (1806-186G).

Charles S. Tripler, army surgeon, was born in New York, 1806, and graduated M. D. at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York City, 1838. He at once entered the army as assistant sur- geon but July 2, the same year, was made full surgeon. During the first years of his practice he was situated at various posts about and within Michigan. In the Mexican War he was medical director of Gen. Twiggs' Division. After the war he was on duty at various posts through- out the West. In 1861 Dr. Tripler was first appointed medical director of Gen. Patterson's Army in the Shenandoah Valley. Upon Gen. McClellan's assum- ing chief command, he v/as made general director of the Army of the Potomac and organized the medical service in that