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JONES, William Palmer, physician, born in Adair county, Kentucky, 17 October, 1819. He attended the Louisville medical institute in 1839-'40, and subsequently received diplomas from the Medical college of Ohio, and Memphis medical college. He removed to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1848, and has since been a resident of that city. He established the "Parlor Visitor" in 1852, was an editor of the "Southern Journal of Medicine" for several years after 1853, and in 1874 was associate editor of the "Tennessee School Journal." He aided in founding Shelby medical college in 1858, and filled its chair of materia medica, and in 1876 became president of Nashville medical college, and professor of psychological medicine and mental hygiene. He was in charge of the first military hospital in Nashville on the arrival of the National forces in the state, and in 1862 became superintendent of the Tennessee hospital for the insane, one of the first institutions of the kind for colored people on the continent. As a member of the state senate he introduced the public school law, which provides equal educational advantages for children of all races. In 1877 he became postmaster of Nashville. He has contributed to current medical literature, chiefly on the treatment of the insane.
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