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Robert A. Simpson

Robert A. Simpson, physician and surgeon, Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia. Son of William W. and Jane (Powell) Simpson, both parents of Wilkes County, and the mother a daughter of Nelson Powell, of Wilkes County, was born in Sparta, Hancock County, Feb. 1, 1859.

His early education was conducted at home under a private tutor, his father and Hon. Linton Stephens having employed a tutor for their children. At the end of two years his mother died, and he was sent to live with his sister, Mrs. John A. Stephens, in Atlanta. He attended school there one year, and then, at the age of fifteen, entered the University of Georgia, Athens, as a sophomore, half advanced, and graduated in 1877 among the "first ten", a particular distinction at that time, with the degree of A. B.

From the university he went to Poughkeepsie, New York and took a one year’s course at Eastman’s Business College. He next went to the University of Virginia, devoting two years to a plain academic course and the third to the study of medicine. He then went to New York City, took a course in the College of Physicians and Surgeons and graduated in 1883, winning the honor of being stationed in the Bellevue Hospital eighteen months, the allotted term of service. Dr. Simpson then practiced his profession in New York City a year, after which he went to Europe and spent two years between Berlin, Vienna and Heidelberg, studying his profession. Returning to New York he practiced there again about a year, when the illness of his father called him home to Washington, which has been his home and the theater of his professional service.

Dr. Simpson is one of the most highly educated members of his profession, as well as one of the most practical and for lack of ambition on his part. He is a man of cultivated musical taste, and this, with the courteousness of a cultured, refined gentleman, makes him a welcome guest in all social and literary circles. His home is of the old-time massive southern mansion type, handsomely finished and tastefully furnished, and surrounded by acres of garden-grounds, flower and vegetable, exciting admiration, and giving assurance in advance of the hearty welcome and generous hospitality which await the guest. Dr. Simpson is (in 1895) unmarried.

Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Containing historical accounts of the states civil, military, industrial and professional interests and personal sketches of many of it’s people, Volume II, The Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 1895.

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