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BYRD, Harvey Leonidas, physician and army surgeon, born in Salem, Sumter County, South Carolina, 8 August, 1820; died 29 November, 1884. He was descended from the earliest settlers of the Carolinas, and his family has always been prominent in the state. His grandfather was a member of Marion's brigade in the revolutionary war. After acquiring a classical education in his native state, Dr. Byrd went to Philadelphia and entered the famous medical schools--Jefferson College, Pennsylvania College, and the University of Pennsylvania, took degrees from all of them, and in 1840 began practice in his native town, but soon removed to Georgetown, and afterward to Savannah, where he became a professor in the Medical College and in Oglethorpe medical College. In 1844 he married Adelaide Dazier, daughter of John Dazier, of Williamsburg', South Carolina At the beginning of the civil war he entered the Confederate army as a surgeon, and served until the surrender, when he settled in Baltimore and began a movement for the reopening of Washington University, which had been suspended during the war, He was cordially seconded by others of the profession, was nominated dean of the faculty, and the College entered almost at once on a career of success. After several years of service, he withdrew, and established the College of physicians and surgeons of Baltimore. He contributed largely to medical periodicals, edited the "Oglethorpe Medical and Surgical Journal" for three years, and was a member of the leading medical societies, of the Aryan order, and of various historical societies.
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