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Dinwiddie, William Thomas

(born: May 2, 1865  -  died: June 25, 1928) 

William T. Dinwiddie was born in Hustonville in Lincoln County, KY, and he grew up in Danville, KY. After his graduation from the Danville Colored school, he completed a two year course at Knoxville College and later graduated from Meharry Medical and Dental School [now Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry] in Nashville. Following his graduation, Dr. Dinwiddie became Chair of Prosthetic Dentistry at Meharry. He left Meharry to become a dentist in Lexington, KY. Dr. Dinwiddie had a large practice located in the medical building at 118 North Broadway. He was one of the first African American dentist in Kentucky. Dr. Dinwiddie was also a carpenter and master mechanic. In 1898 he married Addie B. Dinwiddie (b.1871 in Kentucky), his first wife, and in 1905 married Georgia McLaughin Dinwiddie (born 1875 in Danville, KY). Dr. William Thomas Dinwiddie died in Lexington, KY, and he is buried in the Cove Haven Cemetery in Lexington.

For more see Evidences of Progress Among Colored People, by G. F. Richings at the Documenting the American South website; Biographical Sketches of Prominent Negro Men and Women of Kentucky, by W. D. Johnson; "First colored dentist dead," Interior Journal. 06/26/1928, p.5

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