Charles F. Winslow

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Charles Frederick Winslow
Born 1811
Died July 7, 1877
Resting place (heart) (ashes)
Residence Lahaina, Payta, Nantucket, California
Nationality United States
Education Harvard Medical School
Occupation physician
Known for the second person to be cremated in the US
Relatives Perry Winslow

Charles Frederick Winslow (1811–1877) was a physician, diplomat, and world traveler. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1834. He is the author of "Force and Nature", an early work on atomic theory. He served as a physician in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii from 1844 to 1847, and also in Nantucket, Massachusetts. He was appointed U.S. Consul at Payta, Peru, a noted whaling port, in 1862. He died July 7, 1877. After his death, he was cremated in Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 31, 1877. This was the second recorded cremation in U.S.history. His heart is buried in Nantucket, in the Newtown Burial Ground. His ashes are buried with his wife's remains in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  • Winslow Family Papers, collection 166, Nantucket Historical Association, Research Library and Archives
  • Biography of Charles Frederick Winslow [1]
  • Druett, Joan (2000). Rough Medicine, Surgeons at Sea in the Age of Sail. NY, NY: Routledge. p. 162. ISBN 0-415-92451-0.  has an unsympathetic biography.
  • Winslow, Charles F. Force and Nature. Attraction and Repulsion: The Radical Principles of Energy, Discussed in their Relations to Physical and Morphological Developments.. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Michigan Historical Reprint Series, Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan Library. ISBN 978-1-4255-5630-3. 

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