Raleigh in Wake County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
North Carolina Dental Society
Erected 1975. (Marker Number H-65.)
Location. 35° 46.876′ N, 78° 38.372′ W. Marker is in Raleigh, North Carolina, in Wake County. Marker is on West Edonton Street 0.1 miles east of North Salisbury Street. Touch for map. Across the street from the historic Capitol building to the north. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 West Edonton Street, Raleigh NC 27601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. North Carolina Bar Association (a few steps from this marker); State of North Carolina Labor Building (a few steps from this marker); State of North Carolina Agriculture Building (a few steps from this marker); North Carolina State Capitol (within shouting distance of this marker); North Carolina (within shouting distance of this marker); Blakely Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Lawson Wyatt (within shouting distance of this marker); North Carolina Veterans' Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Raleigh.
Regarding North Carolina Dental Society. The North
The eight original founders of the Dental Society were all graduates of the Baltimore College of Dentistry. Founded in 1840, the school was the birthplace of the Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree, and is considered the first dental college in the United States. The first president of the society was William F. Bason, known as the “merciful dentist” for his early use of anesthesia. A new president, E. H. Andrews, was elected the following year, and held the position through the 1860s.
The Civil War interrupted the annual meetings of the Society, and their efforts on behalf of the state’s citizens. Most of the charter members served as Confederate medical officers, and several such as Ransom P. Bessent and E. H. Andrews spent time as prisoners of war.
The society resumed its duties after the war, continuing to promote dental health within the state. Membership in the organization expanded considerably in the early twentieth century, as dentistry became widespread in North Carolina.
(1) J. Martin Fleming, The History of the North Carolina Dental Society (1939)
(2) Journal of the North Carolina Dental Society (1906-present)
(3) William S. Powell, ed., The Encyclopedia of North Carolina (2006)—sketch by Jay Mazzochi
(4) North Carolina Dental website: http://www.ncdental.org/
Also see . . .
1. North Carolina Dental Society: NCDS History. (Submitted on June 10, 2010, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
2. StoppingPoints: North Carolina Dental Society. (Submitted on June 10, 2010, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
Categories. • Antebellum South, US • Science & Medicine •
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