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Establishment of the MARINE HOSPITAL SERVICE. Customs Collectors are charged with collecting hospital duties and with the construction/acquisition of marine hospitals. In 1809, the Collectors are authorized to fix all rules for the governing of the marine hospitals.

Sunday, December 31, 1797 - 19:00
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United States Marine Hospitals
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Left: U.S. Marine Hospital at Chelsea, Mass. completed in 1830. Right: U.S. Marine Hospital at Key West, Fla.