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George Logan, M.D.

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Olney-Oak Lane, Stenton, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: April 9, 1821 (67)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Logan and Hannah Logan
Husband of Deborah Logan
Father of Albanus Logan, M.D.
Brother of Dr William Logan, Jr; Sarah Fisher; Charles Logan and James Logan

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About George Logan, U.S. Senator

George Logan, the second son of William and Hannah and brother of William Logan Jr., was born on September 9, 1753 at Stenton. He received education at Worcester, England and worked as a mercantilist. After his father’s death, he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, earning his degree in 1779. He worked as a physician and an agriculturist and was described by Thomas Jefferson as “the best farmer in Pennsylvania in theory and practice,” (Stenton). He was also a founder of the Pennsylvania Society for the Promotion of Agriculture.

George Logan was active in politics, serving in the Pennsylvania Assembly and as United States Senator from Pennsylvania. The Logan Act of 1798, prohibiting conducting foreign relations without authority, was created because of his efforts to prevent war with France in 1798.

On September 6, 1781, George married Deborah Norris, an eminent Philadelphian. She was born on October 19, 1761, the daughter of Charles Norris and Mary Parker Norris and the granddaughter of Isaac Norris. She obtained her education at Anthony Benezet’s public school for girls, the first public school for girls in America, and is considered highly educated for a woman of her time. She was “a skilled historian and writer … [and] wrote articles and poetry into her seventies” (Stenton). She documented her life in seventeen volumes of diaries, wrote a memoir of her husband after he died in 1821 and transcribed many of James Logan’s papers. She was the first woman elected as a member of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. She died at Stenton in February 1839 and her husband, George, died on April 9, 1821 at Stenton. George and Deborah were the parents of Albanus Charles, Gustavus George and Algernon Sydney.

George and Deborah’s oldest son, Albanus Charles, was born on November 22, 1783. Albanus was a physician. He married his second cousin Maria Dickinson, daughter of Mary Norris and John Dickinson, who was born in 1753. Albanus Charles and Maria Dickinson Logan had four children, Mary Norris, Sarah Elizabeth, Gustavus George and John Dickinson. Maria died in 1851 and Albanus died on February 10, 1854.

Their son, John Dickinson Logan, married Susan Wister on April 28, 1846. John Dickinson Logan headed the Pennsylvania Hospital. They were the parents of Algernon Sydney Logan (1849-1925), born May 17, 1849. He was educated at Yale and travelled to Europe with the goal to be “remembered as a brilliant poet” (Plunkett). According to The Biographical Record of the Class of Seventy, Yale College, 1870-1904, Logan was “never … engaged in any business or trade, having inherited a competence from his ancestors,” (Hicks, page 249). To further complete this picture, Plunkett states, “by 24, [Logan] had settled into a life of full-time aristocratic leisure.” Algernon Sydney Logan married Mary Wynne on November 4, 1873, the daughter of William Wynne Wister, a Germantown banker. They had one child, Robert Restalrig who was educated at Harvard and married Sarah Wetherill.

Algernon Sydney Logan wrote prolifically, but was not commercially successful. In addition to his writing, “in 1881, Logan inherited 2,600 acres of depleted farmland in Delaware and managed, after studying farming techniques, to restore the soil’s fertility” (Plunkett). Despite farming, writing was still his greatest interest and he self-published his books. He is the author of: Mirror of a Mind, 1875; The Image of Air, 1878; Saul, 1838; Jesus in Modern Life, 1888; Messalina, 1890; Not on the Chart, 1899; and A Feather from the World’s Wing. Despite the number of books he self-published, none were successful and towards the end of Algernon Sydney’s life, he became slowly disenchanted by his lack of success (Plunckett). Published after his death, in Algernon Sydney’s diary, Vistas on a Stream, he states “Failure and death are alike in their loneliness. The vast companionship in each case is invisible.” University of Pennsylvania

George Logan (September 9, 1753 – April 9, 1821) was an American physician, farmer, legislator and politician from Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He served in the Pennsylvania state legislature and represented Pennsylvania in the United States Senate. He was a founder of the Democratic-Republican Societies in 1793. An accomplished farmer, he was a founder of the Pennsylvania Society for the Promotion of Agriculture.

In 1798, he went to Paris to negotiate peace with the French to settle the Quasi-War. On his return, he found he had been denounced by the opposition Federalists, who had passed a statute informally known as the "Logan Act", which made it a crime for an individual citizen to interfere in a dispute between the United States and a foreign country.

In 1781, he married Deborah Norris, a historian and diarist, and the friend to whom Sally Wister addressed her Journal. She was the first woman elected to membership in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Logan was the grandson of James Logan, who was the secretary of William Penn.

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George Logan, U.S. Senator's Timeline

September 9, 1753
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
November 22, 1783
Age 30
April 9, 1821
Age 67
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States