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The Life Of Pittsburgh’s First Physician Dr. Nathaniel Bedford

Bedford History

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The Life Of Pittsburgh’s First Physician Dr. Nathaniel BedfordBedford History
And The Founding Of The Town Of Birmingham

by
Jessica Cox

While the name of Dr. Nathaniel Bedford is not unknown in Pittsburgh, the man himself is
nonetheless an obscure figure. He is most frequently remembered for being the founder of the town of
Birmingham, or what is today the neighborhood of South Side. Periodically, his status as one of the
founding trustees of the Pittsburgh Academy, now the University of Pittsburgh, or of Trinity Episcopal
Church, in whose downtown churchyard Bedford’s memorial stone still stands, is noted in connection
with one institution or the other. Bedford’s name is adequately perpetuated upon the landscape in the
names of Bedford Square, Bedford Schoolhouse (Lofts), Bedford Avenue, and Bedford Dwellings. Most
appropriately, his career as Pittsburgh’s first privately-practicing physician is commemorated in the
annual bestowal of the Nathaniel Bedford Award For Outstanding Primary Care Physician, one of the
local medical community’s highest honors.

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