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Warren, John Collins

in American National Biography Online

Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697

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surgeon, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the eldest son of John Warren, a prominent Boston physician and founder of Harvard Medical School, and Abigail Collins. Warren’s father directed his early education until 1786, when Warren entered the Boston Public Latin School, from which he graduated as valedictorian in 1793. In 1797 Warren earned a B.A. from Harvard College, where he had been a founder and president of the Hasty Pudding Club and the Latin valedictorian of his graduating class. Warren’s physician father attempted to interest him in pursuing a more lucrative and less demanding profession than medicine, in business. To prepare for a commercial career, Warren spent part of the year after college graduation learning French with a private tutor, but he soon began a yearlong apprenticeship in his father’s medical practice, which he would later describe in a letter as a year lost in the “ ‘pretended’ study of medicine.”

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