Skip to main content

Elsner, John (John Leopold), Dr., 1844-1922


Dr. John Elsner was Denver's first Jewish physician. He traveled to Denver via wagon train in 1866. Helped established Denver General Hospital (now Denver Health), Denver's first general hospital. He also had a thriving private practice, which included treating gunshot wounds. In 1871, he and 10 other early Denver doctors organized the Denver Medical Society. He also helped set up Denver's Gross College of Medicine. Servered as B'nai B'rith president in 1874. Member of Congregation Emanuel. Husband of Lena Elsner.

Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:

A Legacy of Healing: Early Colorado Jews in Medicine, 2005

Identifier: B230.03.0023.00004
Abstract Brief biographies of Jewish men and women who contributed to medicine, the Jewish community, and Colorado. Contains historical photographs and interviews with people who knew some of the early key figures.
Dates: 2005

Blazing the Trail: An Early History of Denver’s Jewish Community, 2009

Identifier: B230.03.0023.00007
Abstract Brief description of several early Jewish leaders of commerce, philanthropy, religion, and community as well as several Jewish lawyers, doctors, merchants, and politicians in Colorado.
Dates: 2009

Bound Meeting Minutes Volume I, 1872-1879

Identifier: B009.01.0036.00001
Abstract Bound Volume I of meeting minutes from the Independent Order of B'nai B'rith, Lodge 171, Denver, Colorado. Minutes are from regular and special meetings and include nominations and elections for officers, trustees, and lecture master; appointments of committees; petitions for membership, new member inductions, and degree appointments; financial information; member issues such as travel, illness, or death; philanthropy; communications from other B'nai B'rith lodges; updates of by laws and lodge...
Dates: 1872-1879

Charter of B'nai B'rith No. 171 of Denver, Colorado, 1872

Identifier: B063.04.0004.00004
Abstract B'nai B'rith Denver Lodge No. 171 charter listing the names of applicants. A number of Denver's early prominent Jewish pioneers are listed on the charter, including Julius Londoner, David Kline, Fred Z. Salomon and his brother Hyman, Michael Hattenbach, Louis Anfenger, Philip Trounstine, Edward Pisko and Dr. John Elsner.
Dates: 1872

Civilizing the West: Early Colorado Jews in the Arts, 1865-1950, 2011

Identifier: B230.03.0023.00009
Abstract Brief biographies of Jewish artists, musicians, composers, and conductors in Colorado. Jewish influence on arts in Colorado.
Dates: 2011

John Elsner, M.D. Collection

Identifier: B186
Abstract Dr. John Elsner was born in Vienna on May 4, 1844 and migrated to America as a young man. Elsner graduated from the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. In 1866, he graduated from the Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York. After becoming interested in the American West, he led a wagon train into Colorado in 1866 and was Denver's first Jewish physician. He was appointed Denver County physician in 1870 and was the prime mover in the establishment of Denver's first general hospital (now...
Dates: 1920-1981

Letter from C.D. Spivak to J. Elsner, 1910 June 3

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0143.00023
Abstract Typed letter from C.D. Spivak to J. Elsner informing him that H. Nagler was invited for admission to the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society. Spivak trusts that Nagler’s stay at JCRS will be beneficial for his health. He signs the letter "Secretary" at the bottom.
Dates: 1910 June 3

Letter from J. Elsner to C.D. Spivak, 1910 June 11

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0143.00027
Abstract Typed letter from J. Elsner to C.D. Spivak. Elsner thanks Spivak for admitting Nagler to JCRS. He admits that he was not sure what to do with Nagler, but believed he was the most deserving case for the sanatorium.
Dates: 1910 June 11

Letter from J. Elsner to P. Hillkowitz, 1910 May 31

Identifier: B002.01.0103.0143.00020
Abstract Typed letter from J. Elsner to P. Hillkowitz. Elsner tells Hillkowitz that Mr. Nagler was supposed to see him three months ago but he is without a home. Elsner says that Spivak promised to find a place for him in the sanatorium but he is away. Elsner asks Hillkowitz to find a place for Nagler while Spivak is away so that Nagler does not starve on the streets. He hopes Hillkowitz can do the best that he can for him.
Dates: 1910 May 31

Letter from JCRS to Dr. John Elsner, 1906 November 5

Identifier: B002.01.0097.0200.00007
Abstract Typed letter from JCRS to Dr. John Elsner, on 5th, November 1906. The letter informs Dr. Elsner that Mr. Harry Herrman (Mr. Albert Herrman) has been admitted to the Sanatorium. The letter is not signed, but "Secretary" is typed at the bottom.
Dates: 1906 November 5