Zina Pitcher

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Zina Pitcher (April 12, 1797, Sandy Hill, New York – April 5, 1872, Detroit) was an American physician, politician, educator, and academic administrator. He was a president of the American Medical Association, a two-time mayor of Detroit and a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan.


Early life

Zina Pitcher was born in Sandy Hill, New York on April 12, 1797. He was the younger brother of Nathaniel Pitcher, a future Governor of New York. He attended Middlebury College in Vermont and graduated in medicine in 1822.


Pitcher joined the Army in 1822 as an assistant surgeon, and was promoted to the rank of major in 1836 as a full surgeon. He was president of the Army Medical Board in 1835, and resigned from the Army at the end of 1836.

He moved to Detroit, and was elected mayor for two separate terms, once from 1840–1841 and again in 1843. He was also a regent of the University of Michigan from 1837 until 1852. He served as president of the American Medical Association from 1856–1857, presiding over its annual meeting in Detroit.

He died in Detroit on April 5, 1872 and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


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