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Benjamin W. Hair was the youngest of thirteen siblings. He was born on July 26 1819 in Washington County, Pennsylvania. He would attend common schools until the age of nineteen. Then he entered the Washington College in Washington County, Pennsylvania. Here he would graduated in 1842. He began the study of medicine with Dr. Biddle of Monongahela City, Pennsylvania. Then he entered the Cincinnati Medical College where he graduated a doctor in 1845.

For the next four years he practiced medicine at Fairview, Virginia and then relocated to Hamilton, Ohio until 1853. Then moving to Princeton, Ill. and then to Franklin County, Indiana. While in Indiana he was the assistant surgeon of the One Hundredth United States Infantry serving until the end of the Civil War. After the war he would relocated to Butler County, Ohio.

Here he would resume a practice in medicine until 1879. While in the Army he contracted Spasmodic Asthma. During these years he studied the decease and also experimented and compounded a cure (remedy) that he believed in. In the spring of 1879 he began the manufacturing of Dr. Hair's Asthma Cure in Hamilton, Ohio.

He supplied his patrons directly but the demand of the medicine became so popular that he began to furnish it to druggists. He would have great success with his medicine. Within three years his net worth was over $300,000 dollars. In August 1881 would move the firm to Cincinnati, Ohio under the name Hair & Son Sole Proprietors.

Below are photos of this square shape aqua in color bottle embossed DR. B. W. HAIR'S / ASTHMA CURE / HAMILTON, OHIO.

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Below are some other embossed Dr. B. W. Hair's bottles from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. B. W. Hair's Asthma Cure Cincinnati, O.
Dr. B. W. Hair's Asthma Cure Cincinnati, Ohio
Dr. B. W. Hair's Asthma Cure Cincinnati, Ohio. U. S. A.

dr hairs 4. Courtesy of ebay.

Dr. B. W. Hair's Sarsaparilla (not sure which city).

From an advertisement: Dr. B. W. Hair's & Son Dr. Hair's Asthma Remedy High Hu born, London 1885.


1882 History and Biographical of Butler County, Ohio.

Antique American Medicine Bottles by Matt Knapp 2012.

Frank & Frank Jr. (Wicker) Bottle Collection.

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