Benjamin Rush

Like several other of the signers in those perilous times, Benjamin Rush’s father died when Ben was young and he was raised by a hard-working single mother. His immigrant grandfather had fought alongside Oliver Cromwell in the English Civil Wars before coming to Pennsylvania. Benjamin was tutored by a strict Presbyterian uncle and matriculated at Princeton, where the President, Samuel Davies, instilled in Rush an “insatiable love for knowledge.” He graduated at fourteen. With a keen interest in medicine, the autodidactic and inquisitive Rush attached himself to a local physician and pursued the practice of medicine for the rest of his life, becoming one of the best known doctors in the world.