Dr. Francis J. Lemoyne

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Francis Julius Lemoyne

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Birthplace: United States
Death: Died in Washington, Washington, Pennsylvania, United States
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Son of Dr. John Julius LeMoyne de Villiers and Nancy Agnes LeMoyne
Husband of Madeleine Romaine Lemoyne
Father of Charlotte Wills; Anne Nancy Harding; John Valcoulon LeMoyne; Romaine LeMoyne; Jane Lemoyne and 3 others

Occupation: Doctor
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About Dr. Francis J. Lemoyne

Francis Julius LeMoyne (September 4, 1798 - October 14, 1879) was a 19th century American medical doctor and philanthropist from Washington, Pennsylvania. Responsible for creating the first crematory in the United States, he was also an abolitionist, founder of Washington's first public library (known as Citizen's Library), co-founder of the Washington Female Seminary, and an instrumental benefactor to the LeMoyne Normal and Commercial School (now LeMoyne-Owen College), to which he made a $20,000 donation in 1870. He graduated from Washington College (now Washington & Jefferson College) in 1815. Fearing that decomposing bodies in local cemeteries were contaminating the water supplies and making the citizens sick, Dr. Lemoyne set out to build the first crematory in the United States. The crematory was finished in 1876 on his own land, perched atop a location known locally as Gallow's Hill. The first cremation took place on December 6, 1876. In 1901, after 41 more cremations were performed (with Dr. LeMoyne being the third), the crematory was closed.

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Dr. Francis J. Lemoyne's Timeline

1798
September 4, 1798
United States
1824
1824
Age 25
1826
1826
Age 27
1828
November 17, 1828
Age 30
Washington, Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States
1831
1831
Age 32
1834
1834
Age 35
1839
April 4, 1839
Age 40
1839
Age 40
1843
May 8, 1843
Age 44
1879
October 14, 1879
Age 81
Washington, Washington, Pennsylvania, United States