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John Harris was a doctor in Bainbridge, Ohio, who specialized in dentistry. He moved from Cincinnati to Bainbridge during the mid 1820s, and in 1827, Harris began to teach students the basics of medicine to prepare them for medical school. He emphasized dentistry in his lessons, a topic that most medical schools failed to cover in any detail. Modern dentists view Harris as the father of dental education in the United States. Several of his students established dental schools. These students included Chapin Harris, John's brother, who established the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1840, the first dental school in the United States. In 1845, John Allen founded the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati. Today, John Harris's home in Bainbridge is a dental museum.