Moses Sheppard - Baltimore MD
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 39° 18.546 W 076° 36.354
18S E 361545 N 4352308
Quick Description: Moses Sheppard was a Baltimore businessman, a Friend (Quaker), a philanthropist, and founder of the now Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital.
Location: Maryland, United States
Date Posted: 7/7/2020 6:03:25 AM
Waymark Code: WM12RD3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
He is buried in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore MD in Lots 14-17, Area U.
From Wikipedia: Moses Sheppard was a Baltimore businessman, a Friend (Quaker), a philanthropist, and founder of the now Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital. In Baltimore, as well as being a prominent merchant, Sheppard was also commissioner of the prison. Through this activity Sheppard became aware of the inhumane treatment accorded persons with mental illnesses, or "lunatics" as they were then called. Appalled by this treatment, and in accordance with the ideas of the Society of Friends, Sheppard sought to improve conditions for those suffering from mental illness. Sheppard approached and obtained a charter from the Maryland General Assembly for the construction of an asylum to be located on a 340-acre (1.4 km) farm in Towson, Maryland, just north of Baltimore. This facility, though, would be private, and not a state run institution. Upon his death in 1857, Sheppard dedicated his entire fortune to building the asylum. Sheppard stipulated the following: “Courteous treatment and comfort of all patients; that no patient was to be confined below ground; all were to have privacy, sunlight and fresh air; the asylum's purpose was to be curative, combining science and experience for the best possible results; and that only income, not principal would be used to build and operate the asylum.” Because of the financial restrictions that Sheppard put in place the asylum, designed by Calvert Vaux, did not open until 1891, almost 34 years after Sheppard's death. When opened the asylum was known as The Sheppard Asylum, though that name would change in 1896 to The Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, after fellow Baltimore merchant Enoch Pratt bequeathed a substantial portion of his fortune to the project.

Date of birth: 5/5/1775

Date of death: 2/1/1857

Area of notoriety: Medicine

Marker Type: Headstone

Setting: Outdoor

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