About Benjamin Rush (December 24, 1745-April 19, 1813) was one of the Founding Fathers. He lived in Pennsylvania and was a physician, writer, and educator. He was a good friend of Jefferson’s. While lesser known than Jefferson, Adams, and Madison, he was, nonetheless, one of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence and he attended the Continental Congress.
Dr. Rush is better known today for his restoring the friendship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams by encouraging the two to start writing to each other again.
He received a BA from the College of New Jersey, now Princeton, and then studied medicine in Philadelphia under Dr. John Redman. At the encouragement of Redman, Ben