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Feliks Paweł Wierzbicki, M.D.

Also Known As: "Felix", "Paul"
Birthplace: Czerniawka or Czerniawce, Wołyń, Poland
Death: December 26, 1860 (45)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States (congestion of the lungs)
Place of Burial: San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States
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About Felix Paul Wierzbicki, MD


Felix Wierzbicki (Polish: Feliks Paweł Wierzbicki); born on January 1, 1815, in Czerniawka, Volhynia, Poland (now Chernyavka, Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine), Died on December 26, 1860, in San Francisco) was a Polish-American veteran of the November 1830 Uprising, physician, soldier, traveler, and writer.

Feliks Wierzbicki took part in the November Uprising, 1830-31 in Poland. He intended to study medicine but left school to become a soldier in the November Uprising. He fought in the battles of Olszynka Grochowska (25 II 1831) and Ostrołęka (26 V 1831) and defended Warsaw (6-7 IX 1831). After the Uprising the regiment in which he was a soldier retreated to Galicja (then Austria) where he was interned for three years. After his release from prison he emigrated to America (he was 19 years old).

Reportedly arrived in the USA on 28 March 1834, from Trieste to New York, NY. For a period of time he lived in Illinois but due to a lack of funds he could not develop his land. He left Illinois for a medical academy in New England.

He studied medicine at Yale University, Connecticut in 1835-36. While studying he taught French at Northampton, MA for about 1.5 years. And later in 1839 in New Bedford, Massachusetts he taught French at Amherst College, Massachusetts.

In 1842 in Boston he wrote and published “The Ideal Man” under an alias The Philokalist. He also wrote a series of articles in American newspapers on Polish Revolution of 1830 and Polish history. In 1845 he was naturalized in New York, NY.

He gave many speeches and lectures during his lifetime. He was also a patent holder along with a friend, Henry Kalusowski, on how to improve stoves for fireplaces (patented on Dec 11, 1845).

In 1846 he took part in Mexican-American War. Her served in the 1st New York Volunteers Unit. In 1847 he came to California as a hospital steward on board the Loo Choo with the expedition of Jonathan D. Stevenson. http://www.PolishClubSF.org/Stevenson.pdf

He became involved in San Francisco civic affairs right after arrival in the city. In 1849, Wierzbicki published in San Francisco the first English-language book printed in California, California as It Is and as It May Be, or A Guide to the Gold Region.

In 1850 Dr. Wierzbicki bought property in San Jose, California. He died of congestion of the lungs in his residence in 1860.

Sources: https://web.archive.org/web/20140222221659/http://www.polishclubsf....



About Felix Paul Wierzbicki, MD (Polski)

Wierzbicki Feliks Paweł, pseud. Philokalist, ur. 1 I 1815, Czerniawka (Wołyń), zm. 26 XII 1860, San Francisco, lekarz, pisarz, filozof i podróżnik. Uczestnik Powstania Listopadowego w 1830.

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Felix Paul Wierzbicki, MD's Timeline

January 1, 1815
Czerniawka or Czerniawce, Wołyń, Poland
December 26, 1860
Age 45
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States
December 26, 1860
Age 45
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States