Excerpt from The Alienist and Neurologist, 1910, Vol. 31: A Journal of Scientific, Clinical and Forensic Neurology and Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuriatry; Intended Especially to Subserve the Wants of the General Practitioner of Medicine
Soon after he became possessed with the idea of found ing an inebriate, asylum and gave up his work for that pur pose. He made three visits to Europe during the next eight years in the interests of this cause. In 1852 he presented a large petition for a charter to build an inebriate asylum in the New York Legislature.
Two years later this charter was granted and a stock company organized, called the United States Inebriate Asy lum Company, of which he was general manager and treasurer. In 1856 and 57 he secured large petitions to the Legislature of New York for the appropriation for 10 per cent. Of the ex cise money to the institution.
In 1858 the city of Binghamton, New York, donated 250 acres of land for this purpose and the same year the corner stone of the asylum was laid.
In 1862 Dr. Turner married Miss Gertrude, the daughter of Col. Middlebrook, one of the oldest and most respected citi zens of Wilton, Conn.
In 1864 the institution was opened for the reception of patients and Dr. Turner was made superintendent.
In 1867 he resigned and spent several years securing new subscriptions for the completion of the building and assign ment of the original stock. In 1874 he projected the Woman's National Hospital at Wilton, Conn., and in 1881 a charter was granted by the state of Connecticut and the same year the ground was broken for the erection of a building.
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