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Biography: Dr. George W. Wilson born August 10, 1855




(1855-aft. 1921)

Etowah County, Alabama



Dr. George W. Wilson of Attalla, Alabama was a man who brought to his work the qualifications necessary for the successful practice of medicine. For over fourteen years he went in and out among the people of Attalla and came to be looked on as one of the necessary adjuncts ofthe city’s life. He was a Tennesseean by birth, having been born in Bradley county, Aug. 10, 1855.

He was the son of an extensive farmer of that county, William C Wilson, whose father, Boyd Wilson, was in his time the largest land owner and possessed of the greatest wealth in the adjoining county of Monroe. He reared a considerable family. His wife, prior to marriage, was Mary Boyd. The mother of George W. Wilson was Mary Jane Watkins, the daughter of Franklin Watkins and Bettie (Struger) Watkins of Alabama.

Dr. Wilson practiced in Attalla for over fourteen years, removing to that place, from which town he made his headquarters in his work as surgeon of the Vinita branch of the St. Louis & San Francisco railway for a period of eight years. His initial field of practice was his home county of Bradley, beginning there in 1876. the year of his graduation from the Louisville Medical college.

His literary education was acquired in the schools of Burket’s Rest, Tenn. He then read medicine for four years with Dr. W. B. Wells, of Chattanooga. A year at Nashville Medical college preceded his matriculation at Louisville.

Dr. Wilson, in 1878, married Matilda J. Carrouth. Miss Carrouth’s parents lived in Cleveland, Tenn. Her demise occurred in April, 1880, and in 1896 the doctor was joined in marriage to Mrs. Alma White, of Chattanooga. To the Doctor were born two children, Maude Wilson, the wife of William P. Phillips, superintendent of marble works at Tate, Ga., and Walter Wilson, who resided at Attalla in 1921.

Dr. Wilson did not mix in politics more than the ordinary citizen, contenting himself in the casting of his Democratic ballot on election day. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, of the county and State medical societies, and of the Woodmen of the World and Knights of Pythias.

Dr. Wilson passed away May 23, 1920 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Atalla, Etowah County, Alabama.



  1. Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 1 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose
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