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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Dr. Harry W. Acheson

Dr. Harry W. Acheson

My grandfather Dr. Harry Webster Acheson was one of the original member/officers of the Veterinary Society created in Washington, DC. He was born in Franklin, Ohio but spent most of his life in Georgetown. He was a grandson of General Thomas Acheson of Washington PA, who created and supported a militia troop for the was of 1812. I thought this was a picture of his wedding in 1909, but I've been told it actually is from the time the Veterinary Society was created and is his official officer's picture, somewhere between 1905 and 1909.

 
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