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DR. EDWARD H. McBRIDE.. In pursuing the very important and noble calling of medicine, Dr. Edward H. McBride has met with a degree of success flattering in the extreme. He has not only shown that he is well posted in his profession, but that he can practically apply his knowledge, and as a very natural consequence his services have been greatly in demand, and he is kept busy almost day and night. He owes his nativity to South Carolina, born August 20, 1849, and is the son of Dr. William McBride, and the grandson of John McBride, who was a native of the north of Ireland. The latter came to America in 1760 and settled in eastern Pennsylvania. He was a Revolutionary soldier, serving for five years in Carolina and Virginia, and fought bravely for independence. His body is interred at old Alamance Cemetery, Guilford County, N. C. He reared two sons and three daughters, and of these our subject's father was the eldest. The mother of these children was Ellena (Ryan) McBride. The son (besides our subject's father) was Edward McBride, and the daughters were Anna, Margaret and Mary. All grew to mature years, married and reared families, the descendants now being scattered in many States. Mary married a Mr. Wood, lived and reared a family in Alamance County, N. C., where she died a few years ago. Edward married and removed to the State of Georgia, where he reared a family. He was a blacksmith by trade. He was stabbed to death in a personal altercation before the late war, while in his own shop. Margaret married a Mr. McLean, and removed with him to near Benton, Franklin County, Ill., back in the forties. They raised a family and some of the sons were in the army on the Federal side in the late war. Annie, the youngest daughter married James Weatherly, and the two removed to Denmark, Madison County, Tenn., one son, James Morrison, was the fruit of this marriage, the children of the latter, Cora, Annie and Joseph J., now live at Jackson, Tenn., and Sidney M., lives in Chicago, and does business on Quincy Street. The father of our subject, Dr. William McBride, was born in Pennsylvania, June 27,1784, and was a man of learning and more than ordinary ability. He secured a good practical education in the high school of a -village, but his classical education was the result of his own exertions. He grew to mature years in North Carolina, whither his parents had moved when he was young, and subsequently began the study of medicine. During the War of 1812 he was lieutenant of a regiment, and served wholly in Virginia, in the neighborhood of Norfolk. He was a brave soldier and a gallant and fearless officer. After his service, or in 1815, he began practicing his profession, and for twenty-five years was prominently known as one of the leading physicians of his neighborhood. He accumulated a large amount of property and was a great slave owner. During the latter part of his career he followed planting almost exclusively. Later he located in Chesterfield County, S. C., and there reared his family. Socially he was a life long Mason, and politically a Democrat, being very active in political matters. He received a land grant for his services during the War of 1812, and during the Civil War was a strong Union man. He held a number of county offices, being commissioner and sheriff, and discharged the duties of all in an able and satisfactory manner. The death of this worthy man occurred August 2, 1861, when seventy-seven years of age. He was married first in June, 1818, to Miss Mary Blackwill, a native of Darlington, S. C., and a family of four children resulted from this union: Samuel, Louisa, Lauretta and Carolina, all now deceased. After the death of this wife Dr. McBride was married, August 10, 1831, to Miss Harriet Bryan, a native of eastern North Carolina, and daughter of S. and Margaret (Coleman) Bryan. Mr. S. Bryan was a native of the Old North State, and a farmer by occupation. His death occurred in Chesterfield, S. C. His wife died in Mississippi when eighty years of age. They were the parents of four children: Mary, Robert, Henry and Harriet. Henry was killed in the Seminole War. All of them reared families, and Mary and Robert now reside in South Carolina and Mississippi. The second Mrs. McBride was reared in North Carolina, and by her marriage to Dr. William McBride became the mother of seven children, as follows: Calhoun, who was killed in 1861 when a young man; Henrietta, married David Green, of Texas; Ellen, the wife of William R. King, of Texas; William, a man of a family, resides in the Lone Star State; Thomas, married, resides in Texas; Franklin, was a soldier in the Eighth (Cash's) South Carolina Regiment, enlisting before he was fourteen years age, and fought in several prominent engagements. He died in the Confederate army before he was fifteen years of age; Edward H., our subject, and Sarah who married, reared a family, but is now deceased. William McBride, brother of our subject, was captain in the Twelfth Louisiana Regiment, and fought in the battles of Belmont, Shiloh, Corinth, Chickamauga, Franklin, Baker Creek and Peach Tree Creek. He was wounded in the arm by a shell at the battle of Franklin. He was a good soldier and served during the entire war. Thomas enlisted in the, army (Kelly's battery, South Carolina Artillery) before the age of sixteen, served as corporal, and went through the entire war without a scratch. Dr. Edward H. McBride, our subject, passed his early life on a farm in Chesterfield County, S. C., attended the high school at Chesterfield, and subsequently studied Latin under a private preceptor. After the war he began farming and continued that for six years, but in the meantime devoted all his spare moments to the study of medicine. On September 11, 1871, he entered the Louisville Medical College, from which institution he graduated with honors February 28, 1873. Returning to Chesterfield, S. C., he practiced his profession there until 1878, and became one of the most successful physicians in his section. Later he located at Abbeville, S. C., and continued his practice there until 1882, when he moved to Jackson, Tenn., where he engaged in the drug business until 1884. At that date he moved to Springfield, Mo., and has enjoyed a prosperous career as a practitioner of the healing art. He is a member of the Springfield Medical Society and President of the Southwest Missouri Medical Society. He is a strong Democrat and takes a deep interest in political matters. He was chairman of the Democratic Central Committee of Greene County in the presidential election of 1888. Socially he is a member of the Masonic Fraternity and the Royal Arcanum. The Doctor has held office in the different medical societies to which he belongs in South Carolina and Missouri, and was a member of the State Board of Health in the former State. In 1884 the Doctor was a member of the State Convention that nominated Gov. W. B. Bates for governor of Tennessee. In the May number (1821) of the American Journal of Medical Sciences, Dr. McBride, father of our subject, wrote an article which brought before the medical profession the virtues of May apple, or Podophylline, which article was quoted in Steel's Therapeutics. On January 22, 1874, the Doctor was married to Miss Lizzie Chapman, of Chesterfield, S. C., and the daughter of Capt. John C. and Sally (Robeson) Chapman. Mrs. McBride died July 9, 1876, and our subject's second marriage occurred October 11, 1885, to Miss Lizzie W. Cope, daughter of Dr. S. P. Cope, of this city, but formerly from the Blue-Grass State. Her mother's maiden name was Rebecca Gant, of Hopkinsville, Ky. To the Doctor's first marriage was born one child, Edward, and to the second union two children, William and Cornelia. Mrs. McBride is interested in church work and holds membership in the Presbyterian Church. The family reside at No. 421 South Grant Street, where they have a very pleasant home.

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