Robert M. Baltzer (ca. 1813-1838)?
Possibly R[obert]. M. Baltzer (ca. 1813-1838), assistant surgeon in the U.S. navy. He took his M.D. from the National Medical College of the Columbian University (later George Washington University), Washington, D.C., in 1832. He served on the United States and the Delaware from 1832-1836, when he was ordered "to the Hospital at Philadelphia" (Army and Navy Chronicle, n.s., v. 2 (1836), p. 288), probably the hospital associated with the Naval Asylum in Grays Ferry. On 15 February 1837 he was one of 18 surgeons and assistant surgeons to petition Congress for the establishment of the office of Surgeon General of the Navy (their petition did not succeed). He died in Washington, D.C., on 4 January 1838, "in the 26th year of his age ... of pulmonary consumption, leaving a mother and family of relatives, and a numerous circle of attached friends, to lament his premature dissolution," according to the Washington Daily National Intelligencer (5 January 1838).
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