April 29, 2017

George E. Titus

Dr. George E. TitusDr. George Everett Titus (1855 – January 4, 1917) graduated from Gettysburg College in 1874 and earned his medical degree from Bellevue Hospital Medical School in New York City in 1877.  He arrived in Hightstown in the early 1880s and proceeded to build a thriving medical practice. He was a member of the Mercer County Medical Association and president of the Hightstown Building & Loan association, as well as a member of the borough council.

In addition to serving as Worshipful Master of Hightstown Lodge #41 in 1891, Dr. Titus was involved in the Knights Templar (Ivanhoe Commandery #11, Bordentown) and the Shriners (Crescent Temple, Trenton). He was also actively involved in local Republican politics.

In 1898, Dr. Titus was part of a group that helped bring a trolley road to several towns in the Hightstown/Cranbury area. In 1900, he persuaded Hightstown to install a filter system for its water supply, and in 1913 to set up a sewer system.

On November 2, 1912, Governor Woodrow Wilson, returning from a political rally in Red Bank, was involved in an accident when the car in which he was riding struck a mound of earth at the corner of Main and Monmouth Streets. Gov. Wilson was thrown against the top of the car and suffered a 4-inch long gash near his forehead. Dr. Titus was one of the attending physicians.

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