Portrait of John Gorrie - Apalachicola, Florida

Portrait of John Gorrie - Apalachicola, Florida

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  • Portrait of John Gorrie - Apalachicola, Florida

Image Number

  • RC12666


  • 19--?

Series Title

General Note

  • Painted by Charles Foster of Jacksonville for the Dr. John Gorrie Ice Memorial foundation. Taken from a faded daguerreotype made in the 1840s.

    Biography Note

  • Born in Charleston, S.C. in 1803 and educated at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Western District of New York in Fairfield, New York. Arrived in Apalachicola in 1833. After a severe yellow fever epidemic in the summer of 1841, he sought to effect a cure by introducing refrigeration. In 1844 he constructed the refrigeration machine that received the first U.S. patent for mechanical refrigeration. Dr. Gorrie also served as a physician of the Marine Hospital Service, Postmaster, president of the Apalachicola Branch of the Pensacola Bank, mayor of Apalachicola, secretary of the Masonic Lodge and founding vestryman of Trinity Episcopal Church. Dr. Gorrie died in 1855.

Additional Creator

Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 8 x 10 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject

Shelf Number

  • Shelf number: 00479.

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