Was born October 1733 in Philadelphia, of which city his grandfather had been the first mayor. Received his education in Newark College under the Reverend Aaron Burr, father of the late vice-president. Studied medicine with his father in this city then, in London, under Hunter, Monro, Fothergill, and Boerhaeve, residing principally in the family of Hunter. Having graduated in the university of Edinburgh, Dr. Shippen returned to America in 1762 . . . . He had long contemplated the formation of a medical school and in the winter after his arrival, he gave, to a private class, a course of lectures on Anatomy and Surgery; the winter following he found it too difficult to accommodate his numerous auditors. Perceiving this success the University of Pennsylvania determined on the establishment of a school of medicine, and September 17, 1765 Dr. Shippen was unanimously elected professor of Anatomy and Surgery. At the commencement of the war he was appointed Director General of the military hospital and continued in this arduous and important office until the peace. Having resumed his professorhip, his talents and reputation continued to promote the establishment till his declining years, assisted in the latter period by Dr. Wistar. . . . He died July 11, 1808. . . . [P. 49.]
Historical Catalogue of the Paintings in the Philadelphia Museum consisting chiefly of Portraits of Revolutionary Patriots and other distinguished characters. 1813.