Gorgas, William Crawford, 1854-1920Alternative names
William Crawford Gorgas, an authority in the control of yellow fever, worked as sanitation expert in the preparation and construction of the Panama Canal. He was instrumental in the investigation and control of yellow fever in Cuba, Central and South America, and Africa. Gorgas was appointed Surgeon General of the United States Army January 1914.
From the description of William Crawford Gorgas papers, 1912-1937. (Louisiana State University). WorldCat record id: 244484754
A member of the Army Medical Corps since 1880, William C. Gorgas directed sanitation work in Havana, Santiago, and Siboney, Cuba during the Spanish American War and after, from 1899 to 1902, as chief surgeon of the department of Havana. From 1904 to 1913 Gorgas led sanitation activities in the canal zone during construction of the Panama Canal. From 1914 to 1917 he served as Surgeon General of the Army.
From the guide to the William Crawford Gorgas Papers, 1890-1918, (History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine)
Surgeon General of the United States.
From the description of Gorgas collection, 1903-1933. (Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Association Library). WorldCat record id: 70938939
Army medical officer.
From the description of Papers of William Crawford Gorgas, 1885-1919 (bulk 1904-1913). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84401330
1854, Oct. 3:
Born, Mobile, Ala.
Graduated, University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.
Awarded doctor of medicine degree, Bellevue Hospital Medical College of New York, New York, N.Y.
Commissioned lieutenant, United States Army Medical Corps and assigned to duty in Texas
Promoted to captain
Transferred from Fort Randall, N.Dak., to Fort Barrancas, Fla., to aid in control of yellow fever epidemic
Promoted to major Appointed medical officer in Cuba during Spanish-American War
Assumed duties as sanitation officer of Havana, Cuba, with American occupation forces
Promoted to colonel in recognition for services in Cuba
Appointed chief sanitation officer of the Panama Canal Zone during period of canal construction
Named member of Isthmian Canal Commission
Appointed surgeon general of United States Army with rank of brigadier general
Promoted to major general
Chief of Yellow Fever Commission, Rockefeller Foundation
Official retirement from United States Army
1920, July 4:
Died, London, England; buried in Arlington Cemetery
From the guide to the William Crawford Gorgas Papers, 1857-1919, (bulk 1904-1913), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)
|referencedIn||Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Historical Films. 1914 - 1936. SCENES OF GENERAL PERSHING, GENERAL BLISS AND FAMOUS VISITORS TO THE AMERICAN G.H.Q. [1918-1919]||National Archives at College Park|
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|World War, 1914-1918--Medical care|
|Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)|
|Public health--Latin America|
|Yellow fever--Latin America|
|Surgeons General--United States|