Frederick K. Humphreys

Frederick K. Humphreys (March 11, 1816 – July 18, 1900) was a physician and the founder of Humphreys Homeopathic Medicine Company in New York City in 1853.

Frederick K. Humphreys
BornMarch 11, 1816
DiedJuly 18, 1900
Spouse(s)Cornelia Palmer (c1816–1840)
Frances Maria Sperry (1826–1902)

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Frederick was born in Marcellus, New York, on March 11, 1816. Frederick was raised in Auburn, New York, where he went to the Auburn Academy. In 1832 he joined his uncle and brother in their clock business. In 1835 he returned home to manage his father's farm.

In 1837, at the age of 21, he married Cornelia Palmer (c 1816–1840), and they moved to Chillicothe, Ohio, where Cornelia's father lived. In Chillicothe Frederick entered the Methodist Episcopal ministry. His wife died in 1840 and Fredrick returned to Auburn as an itinerant preacher. On August 1, 1843, Frederick married his second wife, Frances Maria Sperry (1826–1902) of Ludlowville, Tompkins County, New York. They had the following children: Helen Frances Humphreys (1844–?); Frederick Hahnemann Humphreys (1847–1919); Alvah Jay Sperry Humphreys (1851–1884) who was the father of Frederick Erastus Humphreys; and Frank Landon Humphreys (1858–?).

Humphreys began the study of medicine under his father, then, in 1848 attended the Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania[1] (later Hahnemann Medical College; now part of Drexel University College of Medicine) as one of the first class of fifteen students, earning joint M.D. and H.M.D. degrees.[2]

He was the personal physician of Theron T. Pond (?–1852), and Humphreys claimed that Pond gave him permission to manufacture Pond's Creams before he died. [3] Humphreys began to manufacture the product under the name "Pond's Extract". Palmer, who took over the Pond's corporation, received an injunction from Humphrey using the name 'Pond's Extract' or manufacturing the cream. Around 1871 the lawsuit of Palmer vs. Humphrey was still pending, when F. W. Hurtt, a banker of New York, bought the alleged rights from Humphrey Homeopathic Medicine Company, and took Palmer into the new partnership, giving him a one-eighth interest in the new corporation.

Frederick Humphreys died in 1900 in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, and he was buried in Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn.[4][5]

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Company Edit

  • Humphreys Homeopathic Medicine Company (1854) in New York City
  • Humphreys Medicine Company (1940)
  • Humphreys Pharmacal, Inc. (1968) in Rutherford, New Jersey

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References Edit

  1. ^ "Dr Frederick Humphreys (1816-1900)". Retrieved 2022-01-26.
  2. ^ "Female Medical College & Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania Presented by Sylvain Cazalet". Retrieved 2022-01-26.
  3. ^ "Golden Treasure". Retrieved 2007-07-04. Dr. Frederick Humphrey, a Methodist minister, and also a Homeopathic physician, proprietor of the Homeopathic Medicine Company, 562 Broadway, New York, claimed that for years he had been Mr. Pond's family physician, and that Pond had given him the right to manufacture and sell the extract through his 'Humphrey Homeopathic Medicine Company.' ...
  4. ^ "Dr. Frederick Humphreys". The New York Times. July 10, 1900. Wednesday; Dr. Frederick Humphreys, originator of "Humphreys's Homeopathic Specifics", died on Sunday in his Summer home at Monmouth Beach, New Jersey. He was born in Marcellus, Onondaga County, on March 11, 1816. His father, Erastus Humphreys, was an old-time doctor of Utica, where his son, after going through the usual medical studies, joined him in practice in 1844.
  5. ^ "Central Trust Company v. Gaffney, 157 App. Div. 501 (1913)". New York Appellate Division. The plaintiff, as trustee, has brought this action to have its account judicially determined and for instructions as to the distribution of the trust estate. The trust was created by an instrument dated December 21, 1894, by one Frederic Humphreys in favor of his two grandchildren Fredric E. Humphreys and Jayta Humphreys (now Jayta Humphreys Von Wolf), defendants herein, who were then infants. ...

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