James McClurg (1726-1823)
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. A 1762 graduate of William and Mary, McClurg then attended the University of Edinburgh, graduating with a degree in medicine in 1770. He published his book "Experiments upon the Human Bile and Reflections on the Biliary Secretions" in London in 1772.
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 and as mayor of the city of Richmond, Va. from 1797 to 1798.
Material in the SCRC
- 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
- The Founding Fathers: Virginia, National Archives and Records Administration.
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