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Theodore Sterner Christ

Theodore Sterner Christ was born in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania on April 21, 1830 to Levi B. and Hester S. Christ.  Levi Christ owned a number of businesses in town, served as Justice of the Peace to both the English and German-speaking population and was one of the founding trustees of the University of Lewisburg (now Bucknell University). 

Theodore Sterner Christ was educated at the Lewisburg Academy.   He operated “The Old Mammoth Drugstore” with Dr. T.A.H. Thorton until 1853.  In 1855, he reestablished this venture with Frank S. Caldwell as the Christ-Caldwell Pharmacy.  After a financial crisis caused the men to close the pharmacy in November, 1857, Christ decided to study medicine.  He first attended the Medical College of New York, but received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on March 15, 1860. 

Christ practiced as a physician and surgeon in Lewisburg until he enlisted in the Union Army as physician to the 45th Pennsylvania Volunteers on April 18, 1861.  He was promoted to Brigade Surgeon for the 3rd Brigade, 1st division, 9th Army Corps.  Christ fought at the battle of Fredericksburg with the 9th Army Corps.  By July, 1864, he had risen to the rank of Surgeon-in-chief of the 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps.  On October 20, 1864, Christ mustered out of service with the rest of the 45th Pennsylvania Volunteers.  After the war, Christ continued practicing medicine in Chester, Delaware County and Lemont, Centre County.  He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Medical Society.  He served as the Treasurer of the Chester Medical Society in 1869 and President in 1877. 

Christ was active in the political life of his community.  Vehemently against the institution of slavery, Christ was a lifelong Republican.  He was a member and recording secretary of the Lewisburg Republican Association—an organization whose members also included Oliver N. Worden, George Funston Miller, and Eli Slifer, the organization's president.  In addition, Christ served as president of the city council of Chester in 1877.

Christ married Sarah Irvin on December 6, 1871 and fathered four children: Mary Thompson, Hester, Mary Irvin, and Theodore.  Theodore Sterner Christ died in Lemont, Pennsylvania, February 16, 1910.  His daughter, Mary Irvin Christ Macmillan, donated his war diaries, as well as a large amount of his medical equipment and Civil War souvenirs, to the Union County Historical Society.

Please visit the following link for materials authored by Theodore Sterner Christ maintained in the Their Own Words database:

Christ, Theodore Sterner, 1830-1910

Researched, authored, and edited by Margaret Browndorf

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