James McClurg (1726-1823)

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James McClurg

Dr. James McClurg was the first Chair of Anatomy and Medicine at the College of William and Mary, serving from 1779 to 1784, when he left to go into private practice. He attended William and Mary in 1762 and went on to attended the University of Edinburgh, graduating with a degree in medicine in 1770.

McClurg was appointed the Chair of Anatomy and Medicine at the 4 December 1779 meeting of the Board of Visitors. He left the College in 1784 to return to private practice. After leaving the College of William and Mary, McClurg served as a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention.

Material in the SCRC

  • McClurg, James. Experiments upon the Human Bile and Reflections on the Biliary Secretions. London, T. Cadell, 1772. Available in SCRC Rare Boooks Collection, call # QP197.M25.

Further Reading

  • Godson, Susan H, et. al., The College of William and Mary: A History, King and Queen Press, 1993. pg. 132, 133.
  • Faculty Minutes, 29 December 1779
  • Biography of James McClurg National Archives and Records Administration, The Founding Fathers: Virginia, last reviewed September 29, 2016. Accessed February 16, 2017.
  • Find information regarding James McClurg's property in Williamsburg at Custis Square Property, Francis Street by Mary A. Stephenson, 1947 Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Digital Library, last updated September 9, 1998. Accessed February 16, 2017.


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