The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958

eorge P. Ifachlhebcr
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T HERE are intellects which doggedly pursue a single objec-
tive, oblivious to the world about them. There are others,
rare it would seem, who are driven by innate curiosity so
that every sound, every sight, every odor or touch or taste tan-
talizes them into vicarious cerebration. These love learning and
knowledge above all else and seem to draw a deep joy from liv-
ing. It would appear that Dr. George P. Hachenberg was of this
last type.
George P. Hachenberg was born in Freeberg, Pennsylvania, a
village with a population of 506 in the 1950 census, located near
the Susquehanna River in central Pennsylvania. One biographer
gives the year of his birth as 1824;1 his registration at New York
University reports 1829,2 but both agree on July 20 as the day.
His youth was spent in part in his father's store.3 At present no
information is available regarding his parents, but it may be as-
sumed that he possessed some musical heritage for music was to
be a dominant interest in his life.
It is reported that he qualified himself as a dentist at the age
of twenty and that by this means defrayed his expenses to Marshall
College.4 This, however, is unverified. It is also said that he then
took up daguerreotyping and used the proceeds of this to pay for
his medical training." It was in these early years that he began
his work on sound transmission and electricity, stimulated by an
accident. In 1847 he was living in Madisonburg, Pennsylvania,
which no longer appears on the map. The village was supplied
'American Bee Journal (1888), 650.
2Secretary of the Dean, New York University Post-Graduate Medical School, to
J. M. Coleman, August 24, 1955.
aAmerican Bee Journal (1888), 650.

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