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November 1974

Walter Reed: A Biographical Sketch

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(5):871-877. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320230081019

Walter Reed, born Sept 13, 1851, at Belroi near Gloucester, in tidewater Virginia, was the youngest of five children. His parents, Lemuel Sutton Reed, a Methodist minister, and Pharaba White Reed, were North Carolinians of pre-Revolutionary English stock. Because the parsonage for the Methodist minister had just burned down, the Reeds had to stay in the small house of the overseer of the nearby Stubbs' plantation. During this period, most Methodist ministers moved every year, or, if it was to the mutual advantage of minister and people, after two years; all moving was done near the end of November, after the annual Methodist Conference. Thus, the Reeds lived in many districts, circuits, or parishes in southeastern Virginia and north-eastern North Carolina. Walter's rural upbringing in the days when horse power did the work trained him in the sturdy independence of small town and farm. His homes included, in sequence, Gloucester

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