Dr. Edward Watts Saunders
Dr. Edward Watts Saunders, who for forty-three years has engaged in the
practice of medicine in St. Louis and who is now professor emeritus of
pediatrics and clinical obstetrics in the medical department of Washington
University, was born in Campbell county, Virginia, on the 15th of October,
1854, a son of Robert C. and Caryetta (Davis) Saunders. His father was a
Civil war veteran, serving as captain of Company A of the Eleventh
Virginia Infantry of the Confederate army and winning promotion to the
rank of major. In the maternal line was Captain Eugene Davis under General
J.E.B. Stuart. He raised a company of Calvary for service with the
Confederate forces, was captured and imprisoned at Elmira, New York. An
uncle, Richard T. Davis, was also a chaplain in the army. The ancestry of
the Saunders family in America dates back to the middle of the seventeenth
century, when settlement was made at Jamestown by one of the name. On the
mother's side the ancestral line is traced back only through three
generations. The grandfather Davis was rector of the University of
Virginia and met a tragic death, being assassinated by a drunken student
He has a very wide acquaintance in St. Louis, where he has so long made his home, and throughout the entire period he has enjoyed the fullest respect and confidence not only of the general public but of his colleagues and contemporaries because of his close conformity to the highest standards and ethics of the profession.
Source: "Centennial History of Missouri (The Center State) One Hundred Years In The Union 1820-1921" Vol 2 By Walter B. Stevens St. Louis-Chicago The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1921.
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