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John H. Douglas collection of Ulysses S. Grant letters and photographs 1885
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Biographical Note

Dr. John Hancock Douglas, 1824-1892, a well-known throat specialist based in New York City, served as Ulysses Grant's primary physician as he suffered from throat cancer. Douglas was a native of Waterford, N.Y. and graduated from medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1847. While he was still living in New York City, Grant came to Dr. Douglas when his fatal illness first manifested itself in the fall of 1884. Grant left New York for the Drexel cottage in Mount McGregor, New York on June 17, 1885, where he stayed until his death on July 23, 1885.