Dr. Franklin Hinkle graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical Department on April 3, 1846. (Medical Register 48) Born in Berks County, he moved to Philadelphia with his family and attended the Franklin Institute and Washington Academy. After beginning his study of medicine with Dr. Gerhart in 1842, Franklin enrolled in the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania. His thesis was entitled The Medical Properties of Argentis Nitras. (Catalogue of Medical Graduates 4) He practiced in Marietta until the Civil War in which he served until 1864. While in the service he discovered the use of permanganate of potash for treatment of gangrene and for use as an antiseptic. He apparently gained much experience as a surgeon during the war building on his experience in Philadelphia. Dr. Hinkle was credited as being the first Lancaster County physician to use ether as a surgical anesthetic in 1847. Franklin Hinkle died at his home in Columbia on December 2, 1909. -Biography by Joseph W. Lahr MD
"United States Census, 1880," Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWFT-68T : accessed 20 June 2015), Franklin Hinkle, Columbia, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district 127, sheet 107D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1141; FHL microfilm 1,255,141.
"United States Census, 1900," Database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M33D-XS2 : accessed 20 June 2015), Franklin Hinkle, Columbia borough Ward 2, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 11A, family 216, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,241,422.
The Lancaster Law Review, Volume 31 edited by Henry Clay Brubaker, Charles Israel Landis, George Ross Eshleman, Issac Clinton Arnold p. 25
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