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Surgeon General Rupert BLUE

BLUE, Rupert
(1867 - 1948)

by William Coxe, © Dec 2003

Surgeon General of the United States. Originally taught school but returned to University of Virginia for two years of pre-medical study. Received medical degree from the University of Maryland. Received honors for eradication of the Bubonic Plague in San Francisco in 1905 and eradication of yellow fever in New Orleans in 1907. President, American Medical Association. Appointed Surgeon General by President William Howard Taft and reappointed for a second term by President Woodrow Wilson. A distinguished scientist and administrator, he served in the office for a total of eight years and is credited for bringing the Medical Service into the modern age. Retired to Charleston SC and died there in 1948.

Dr. Rupert Blue was the son of Anne Maria Evans and John Gilcrest Blue, the grandson of Gen. William Evans and Sarah Anne Godbold, and the great grandson of Nathan Evans II and Elizabeth Rogers.

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