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Conn, Granville Priest


Age: 31, credited to Richmond, VT
Unit(s): 12th VT INF
Service: comn ASURG, 12th VT INF, 9/19/62 (10/4/62), m/o 7/14/63 [College: NU 54, WMS 55, DC 56, NU 80]

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Birth: 01/25/1832, Hillsborough, NH
Death: 03/24/1916

Burial: Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, NH
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 165538405


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 5/10/1905, NH
Portrait?: VHS Collections
College?: NU 54, 80, WMS 55, DC 56
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: more off-site, Died in Wayne, PA


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Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, NH

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History of the New Hampshire Surgeons

Concord, N. H.
Surgeon Conn was born in Hillsborough, N. H., January 25, 1832. and is the youngest of eight children of William and Sarah (Priest) Conn, of Scotch-Irish and English descent, re spectively; grandson of George Conn, and fifth in descent from John Conn, who immigrated to New England about 1710. Until sixteen years of age he lived upon his father's farm, attending the country schools and doing farm work. After this he was a student for a few months at the Francestown and the Pembroke Academies, and spent two years at Capt. Alden Partridge's Military Institute, at Norwich, Vt. He also taught occasionally in the common and select schools in New Hampshire and Vermont. Beginning in 1852, and until 1856, he read medicine in the office of Dr. H. B. Brown, Hart ford, Vt., in the mean time being instructor in mathematics at the academy in that town ; attended two courses of lectures at the Vermont Medical College, Woodstock, and one course at Dartmouth Medical College, Hanover, N. H., receiving the degree of M. D. from the latter institution, November 12, 1855. In 1880 the honorary degree of A. M. was conferred upon him by Norwich University. Dr. Conn practiced medicine at East Randolph, Vt., 1856 to 1861, when he removed to Richmond, in the same state. August 19, 1862, he was commissioned assistant surgeon of the Twelfth Regiment Vermont Volunteers, with orders to ren dezvous at Brattleboro, and, in connection with the late Surgeon Phelps of Windsor, Vt., organized a United States Hospital of one thousand beds. A month later his regiment entered the field, and with it he served in Virginia during nine months, first in the Twenty-second Army Corps, and later with the Second Vermont Brigade; was transferred to the First Army Corps, and was mustered out of the service with the regiment at Brattleboro, Vt., July 14, 1863.
In the autumn of 1863, Dr. Conn located in Concord, N. H., where he has since remained. In 1864 he formed a partnership with the late Dr. Charles Pinckney Gage, which continued until 1881. He was city physician from 1872 to 1876, and in 1866 secured the passage of a city ordinance requiring a house-to-house sanitary inspection, the first in the state, and, so far as can be learned, the first in this country. He was largely instrumental in securing the passage of the act by the state legislature, in 1881, creating a state board of health, and has been a member of the board and its president continuously since its organization. About 1880 it was largely through his influence that an ordinance was passed in Concord requiring burial permits, which was soon afterwards adopted by the state. While a resident of Vermont, Dr. Conn became a member of the Vermont State Medical Society and has since been made an honorary member of that society; became a member of the New Hampshire Medical Society, of which he has been secre tary since 1869, except during the years 1880 and 1881, when he was vice-president and president, respectively; is a member of the Centre District Medical Society; American Medical Association; American Public Health Association, vice-president in 1895, chairman of the section on car sanitation; New York Medico-Legal Society; honorary member of the Strafford County (N. H.) Medical Society; is a member of the various Masonic associations, and of E. E; Sturtevant Post, Grand Army of the Republic, and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion. He was a member of the board of railroad commissioners of New Hampshire, 1877, 1881, being twice elected by the popular vote of the state, and has been surgeon to the Boston & Maine Railway since 1880. He was a member of the United States board of pension examiners at Concord, 1872 to 1885; is a member of the New Hampshire Historical Society, and was elected to fill the chair of hygiene at Dartmouth Medical College, in 1894.
Married, May 25, 1858, at East Randolph, Vt, Miss Helen M., daughter of Edward Sprague.
Children, two: Frank W. and Charles F. Conn.

Source: "History of the New Hampshire Surgeons in the War of Rebellion," Conn, Granville P., Ira C. Evans Co., Printers, Concord, NH, pp. 432-433



Dr. Granville Priest Conn of Concord, dean of the medical profession in New Hampshire and one of the oldest graduates of the Dartmouth Medical College, died March 24, 1916, at the home of his son, Charles F. Conn, in Wayne, Pa.

Doctor Conn was born in Hillsborough, January 25, 1832, and for two years attended Norwich University, which gave him the honorary degree of master of arts in 1881. He was the last surviving member of the class of '56 at Dartmouth Medical College.

He practiced in Vermont until 1862 when he enlisted with the Twelfth Vermont Volunteers as assistant surgeon. Upon his return from the war he settled in Concord and practiced there for fifty years, retiring in 1914.

As a member of the Concord Board of Health he instituted the first sanitary survey of an entire city ever made in this state, and probably the first house-to-house inspection in the country. He was the pioneer in the establishment of a State Board of Health in New Hampshire, and upon its organization in 1881 was made its president, holding the office until his retirement from active practice. For a long period he was the medical director of the department of New Hampshire G.A.R.

From 1869 to 1906 he was secretary of the New Hampshire Medical Society, except in the years 1880 and 1881, when he was vice-president and president respectively of the society. He was city physician of Concord from 1872 to 1876; United States pension examiner, 1872-85; State Railroad Commissioner, 1877-1881.

He was a member of the American Medical Association, of the Medico-Legal Society of New York and of the International Association of Railroad Surgeons, and for a long time he was at the head of the surgical staff of the Margaret Pillsbury General Hospital.

Doctor Conn was lecturer on hygiene at Dartmouth. Medical College from 1886 to 1896; professor emeritus since that date. He was a Knight Templar and a member of the Society of Colonial Wars.

He married at East Randolph, Vt, May 25, 1859, Helen M. Sprague, who died in 1914. Their two sons were Frank W. Conn, deceased, and Charles F. Conn, Dartmouth, '87, an engineer and at one time treasurer of the Boston Terminal Company.

Source: Transactions of the New Hampshire Medical Society at the One Hundred Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Held at Concord, May 16, 1916, (John B. Clarke, Manchester, NH, 1916), pp. 215-216.

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