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Agnes Mitilda Gilkerson Smith
American physician

Agnes Mitilda Gilkerson Smith

Agnes Mitilda Gilkerson Smith
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Intro American physician
Was Physician
From United States of America
Field Healthcare
Gender female
Birth 1838, Vermont, USA
Death 26 January 1881, Mount Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA (aged 43 years)
Spouse: Hezekiah Bradley Smith
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Agnes Mitilda Gilkerson Smith (1838 – Jan 26, 1881) was an American physician. 

Agnes was born in 1838 in Vermont. She was married to democratic politician Hezekiah Bradley Smith. The two first met in the summer of 1854 when Gilkerson was a mill girl working in a textile factory and living in a boarding house. Smith hired her as his confidential secretary, then sent her to Mrs. Rodgers' finishing school. By 1859, Gilkerson would convince Smith that she should go further with her education. Smith sent her to live with the family of the manager of his Philadelphia sales office. There, Gilkerson attended Penn Medical School, graduating in the spring of 1861 with a degree in medicine, with a major in chemistry. 

Gilkerson and Smith married in 1861 in Lowell, Massachusetts, and made their home in Smithville, New Jersey, where he continued his business of manufacturing woodworking machinery, while she practiced medicine and made and sold herbal remedies.


Gilkerson died of cancer on January 26, 1881, in Mount Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey. She was 43.

After her death, Smith commissioned an Italian marble statue in her likeness and stood it on a brick pedestal under an iron canopy in the formal garden of the mansion at Smithville.

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Article Title: Agnes Mitilda Gilkerson Smith: American physician - Biography and Life
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Publish Date: 15 Nov 2019
Date Accessed: 29 Sep 2022
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