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100 years ago: Lawrence resident Lucy Hobbs Taylor, first woman dentist, dies

October 3, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Oct. 3, 1910: “Dr. Lucy Taylor died at her home, 809 Vermont street, this morning at 2:30, following a severe attack of paralysis which had gradually affected every part of her body. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon and interment will be made in Oak Hill. Dr. Taylor was among the oldest settlers in Lawrence, coming here with her husband, James M. Taylor, on December 1, 1867. She was the first woman in America to graduate from a dental college, and while many women have since entered the profession, she was the pioneer to embark in a technical profession in those days considered the sole field for men. Lucy B. Hobbs was born at Ellenburg, N. Y. in 1833. At nine years of age, the period at which a child is scarcely emerging from the primary grades, she was thrown upon her own resources. From that day until the time of her death, no one ever contributed towards her support. As a child she struggled along, getting what scanty education she could, until a friend finally assisted her in entering a dental college, where she graduated with honors and came west to practice her profession. Dr. Taylor was a woman of great mental force, and until she became physically unable to leave her home, was an active member of several patriotic orders.”

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verity 4 years, 9 months ago

What a great piece of history---thanks for the story.

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