Charles Augustus Leale

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Charles Augustus Leale was born in New York City, New York back in 1842 to William and Anna Maria.  He began his medical studies when he was 18, the private pupil of Dr. Austin Flint, Sr., in diseases of the heart and lungs.  He al received training from Dr. Frank H. Hamilton in gunshot wounds and surgery.  

He continued his learning as a medical cadet in the United States Army.  In 1865, just six weeks after graduating from the Bellevue hospital Medical College in New York City he was placed in charge of the Wounded Commissioned Officers’ Ward at the United States Army General Hospital in Washington, D.C. 

After his discharge he moved to Europe where he studies the Asiatic Cholera.  He retired in 1928.  He died in 1932, he was 90.

What you may not know about Charles is that he was the first doctor to treat President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre after John Wilkes booth shot him.  He submitted a report in 1867 to Benjamin F. Butler who was part of the commission investigating the assassination.  However, his report was not publicly revealed until the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth in 1909.

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Comments (19)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - Dr Leale certainly had a long career. Interesting.   

May 11, 2021 03:40 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

I wonder if he was related to Alexander Hamilton.  Didn't he die in a duel? A career in gunshot medicine is interesting....

May 11, 2021 04:14 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

He was a study on many fronts.

I wonder when we will ever learn the truth about JFK!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 11, 2021 04:18 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James.... now there's a piece of history I had no idea about. Always fun to learn a new tidbit like this one.

May 11, 2021 04:25 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:


\Wonderful story.  Can you imagine the pressure operating on the President?  Make it the best Tuesday, and dont forget the Tacos.  Bill Salvatore

May 11, 2021 04:55 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That is a very interesting story James Dray . I wonder how long after Abe was shot was he in Charles capable hands?

May 11, 2021 05:27 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. And once again, as is becoming normal, I must say "And now I know"! Enjoy your day.

May 11, 2021 05:33 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Why do they wait so long to reveal the initial findings? 

May 11, 2021 05:40 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! Now that is certainly a unique claim to fame he has.

May 11, 2021 06:03 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, a report that is not made public until 100 years after it was published sounds all too familiar, haha.

May 11, 2021 06:17 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - interesting information.  I will have to look into it more.

May 11, 2021 06:29 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


That was a very interesting read.  Is is it mandatory that a medical report on a presidential assassination be kept for 100 years?  A

May 11, 2021 06:39 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

He is quite an interesting footnote in the life of a great man. Nice post as always.

May 11, 2021 09:15 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- interesting background. Wonder what must have been going through his head. 

May 11, 2021 10:28 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That was a fascinating read, James. I had the same thought as Kathy - wonder what he was thinking and feeling while treating Lincoln?!

May 11, 2021 12:45 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Now that is really interesting historical trivia.  

May 11, 2021 06:20 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

So many people were so curious at such an early age back in the day That's a really admirable thing, in my estimation

May 11, 2021 10:44 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

My problem with these events is why hide the answers for 100 years? Clearly to protect the Guilty... like with JFK assassination... Endre

May 11, 2021 11:06 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Lincoln’s wound was devastating and even a specialist such as Charles Augustus Leale could do nothing to save him.

Oct 11, 2021 07:12 AM