R. Anna Breed, MD

Dr. Rebecca Anna Breed (1853-1952) was born in Steubenville, Ohio on October 19, to William Pratt and Rebecca Breed. Her father William was a graduate at New York University with a Doctor of Divinity, and became a pastor and author of many books, including Presbyterianism 300 Years Ago and Presbyterians and the Revolution.

Fun Fact #1: Her father became the first pastor of the West Spruce Street Presbyter­i­an Church in Phil­a­del­phia in 1856 since the daughter church merged with the Tenth Presbyterian Church, and remained there for the rest of his life.

She wrote an article about ovarian cyst, and was read before the Alumna Medical Society in Philadelphia on January 12, 1895. Read below!

On December 9, 1893, Rebecca also wrote a piece on pneumonia that was read before the Alumna Medical Society.

She retired in 1902, and resided in Centre Square afterwards. She also owned a home in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.


Boyd, William H. Boyd's Co-partnership and Residence Business Directory of Philadelphia City. (Philadelphia: C.E. Howe Company, 1900): 117, 1373.

Census of Women Physicians, November 11, 1918. (New York: The American Women's Hospitals, 1918): 92.

Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence. New York University: Its History, Influence, Equipment and Characteristics, with Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Founders, Benefactors, Officers and Alumni, Volume 2. (Boston: R. Herndon Company, 1903): 15.

Cushing, Ernest W., Charles G. Cumston, and Robert W. Hastings. Annals of Gynaecology and Paediatry, A Monthly Review of Gynaecology, Obstetrics, Abdominal Surgery, and the Diseases of Children, Volume IX. (Boston: Annals of Gynaecology and Paediatry, 1896): 159-160.

Fifteenth Annual Report: New Jersey Training School for Feeble-Minded Girls and Boys. (Vineland: Cumberland County, 1903): 47.

Forty-First Annual Meeting of the Alumae Association of the Women Medical College of Pennsylvania, June 1 and 2, 1916. (Philadelphia: The Alumnae Association of the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1916): 8.

Keil, George. The Medical, Pharmaceutical and Dental Register-Directory and Intelligencer For Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. (Washington: Library of Congress, 1895): 66-67.

Marshall, Clara. The Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania: An Historical Outline. (Philadelphia: P. Blakiston, Son & Co., 1897): 120, 125.

"Rebecca Anna Breed (1853)." WikiTree. Accessed January 20, 2021. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Breed-789.

The John Hopkins University Register 1898-99. (Baltimore: The John Hopkins Press, 1899): 31.

West Spruce Street Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia 1856-1881 : Quarter Century Anniversary of the Organization of the Church and Pastorate of Rev. Wm. P. Breed, D.D., April 3 and 4, 1881. (Philadelphia: Sherman & Co., 1881): 46.

"William Pratt Breed: 1816–1889." The Cyber Hymnal: Dedicated to the Glory of God. Accessed January 20, 2021. http://www.hymntime.com/tch/bio/b/r/e/breed_wp.htm.

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