MG 071 - Seiler Collection

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Scope and Content

Collection contains three handwritten bound notebooks of Christian Seiler: notes taken in 1824 according to Dr. C. Luther's Pharmacy; notes on lectures of the practice of medicine by John Eberle at Jefferson College at Philadelphia 1826-1827; notes on surgery by Dr. George McClellan at the Jefferson Medical College, 1827-1828.

Includes, also, military papers of Col. J. Seiler and an order for a court martial of Captain E. Roberts issued by Col. J. Seiler on charges brought by Brigadier General C. Seiler of the Pennsylvania Militia, 1844.

Contains photos of Christian Seiler and Robert Hayes Seiler and two diplomas from Yale issued to Jacobum Fridley Seiler.

A large bound volume of papers relative to the United States Military Hospital known as the "East Walnut Street Hospital" in charge of Dr. Robert H. Seiler, Surgeon, June, 1863 to October, 1863. Papers include military orders, hospital supplies, muster rolls of hospital personnel, reports, transfers, furloughs, deaths, list of Confederate prisoners, and buildings and stores returned to the government.


Christian Seiler, M.D. was the second son of Christian Seiler and Elizabeth Wolfarth born near Hummelstown in 1804. The family moved to Harrisburg in 1821 and he received his education at the Harrisburg Academy. He began his study of medicine with Dr. Cornelius Luther and Dr. Samuel Agnew and later graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He established an extensive practice in Harrisburg, was active in politics and served as director of public schools for many years. In 1844 he was elected brigadier general of the Pennsylvania militia and offered his services at the outset of the war with Mexico. He married Mary Hayes, daughter of William Hayes of Lewisburg, Pa. and they had two children - Dr. Robert Hayes and Frank S. Dr. Christian Seiler died February, 1873, at the age of sixty-nine.

It is assumed that the signature of Col. J. Seiler on the military papers is the signature of Jacob Seiler, born in 1803, brother of Christian. He served as sheriff of Dauphin County from 1830 to 1833 and held various other positions of trust. He was married to Susan Fridley.

Jacob Fridley Seiler, b. 1832, son of Jacob Seiler and Susan Fridley was headmaster of the Harrisburg Academy, appointed in 1860. He served until his death in 1907. He graduated from Yale University in 1854 and married Mary W. Orth in 1860. In 1898, his daughters, Sue and Martha A. Seiler, started The Seiler School, a girls school that merged with the Harrisburg Academy in 1948 turning it into a co-educational institution.

The connection between Dr. Christian Seiler, his son Dr. Robert Hayes Seiler and Jacob Seiler has not been established at this time. It is presumed that Christian and Jacob were brothers.

Date(s): 1824-1844

Extent: 2 boxes, 6 folders, 10 enclosures