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Daniel Salmon was a member of Cornell University's first class of graduates. He earned his bachelor's degree in veterinary medicine in 1872, and four years later Cornell awarded him the the first DVM degree in the country. Dr. Salmon went on to serve as the founding chief of the US Bureau of Animal Industry and is best known today for identifying the infectious pathogen Salmonella and pioneering the fight against contagious diseases.


July 23, 1850 Born in Mount Olive, New Jersey
1868 Entered Cornell University
1872 Received bachelor's degree in veterinary science
1872 Married Mary Thompson Corning
1876 Earned first D.V.M. degree in the United States
1884 Named first chief of the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Animal Industry
1892 Founded National Veterinary College in Washington, D.C.
1902 Mary Thompson Corning, first wife, died
1904 Married Agnes Christina Dewhurst
1905 Left Bureau of Animal Industry following meat packing controversy roused by Upton Sinclair's The Jungle
1906 Moved to Uruguay to found a veterinary college in Montevideo
1913 Returned to the United States, managed a hog cholera serum company in Butte, Montana
August 30, 1914 Died in Butte, Montana