SENTER, ISAAC. (1755–1799). Army physician, diarist. New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Born in New Hampshire, Isaac Senter went to Newport, Rhode Island, early in life and studied medicine under Dr. Thomas Moffat. At the age of twenty he joined the Boston army as a surgeon and volunteered for Benedict Arnold's march to Quebec.
In November 1775 Senter became surgeon of the Third Rhode Island Regiment, a position he held until March 1776. Subsequently he was hospital surgeon from 20 July 1776 to April 1779, and surgeon-general of the Rhode Island Militia from 1779 to 1781. He established a private practice in Pawtucket, but later moved to Newport, Rhode Island, becoming an eminent surgeon there. An honorary member of the medical societies of London, Edinburgh, and Massachusetts, he was president of the Rhode Island Society of the Cincinnati for many years. He died in Newport on 20 December 1799.
SEE ALSO Medical Practice during the Revolution.
Senter, Isaac. "The Journal of Isaac Senter, M.D., on a Secret Expedition against Quebec, 1775." The Magazine of History 42 (1915).
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