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PAGE, William Byrd, surgeon, born in Page-brook, Clarke County, Virginia, 19 May, 1817 ; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 18 February, 1877. His ancestor, Colonel John Page, was the founder of the Page family in Virginia, he was graduated in arts at Kenyon college in 1835, and in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1839, and became known for his skill as a surgeon. He was for many years professor of surgery in Pennsylvania medical college, and surgeon to the Pennsylvania institution for the blind. He assisted Dr. J. F. Melts in the translation of medical works from the French. He was a fellow of the College of physicians, and a member of various scientific societies.--His son, Samuel Davis, lawyer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 September, 1840, was graduated at Yale in 1859, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1862, and took a graduate course in Harvard law-school. He entered public life by election to the city councils. and subsequently to the office of city comptroller. He took part in the presidential canvass of 1884 in New York state as a Democrat. In July, 1886, he was appointed assistant treasurer of the United States. His most important public work is the active part he took as chairman of the various committees that, during several legislative terms, endeavored to secure the passage of the bill for the improvement of the municipal government of Philadelphia, which passed on 1 June, 1885, and is now the charter of that city. He is the father of William Byrd Page, who has recently attained some note as an athlete.
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