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Dr. Will D. Gorton Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
Dr. William D. Gorton was born on May 9, 1850 in New York. He attended school at Alfred University in Alfred, New York and began studying medicine at age 15. He moved to Texas in 1885 and obtained his license to practice medicine in 1888. He opened his practice in Austin as a homeopathic doctor specializing in chronic diseases. Located at 500 Congress Avenue, he shared the practice with fellow homeopath and theosophist Dr. Julia H. Bass. Some time before coming to Austin, he married Della Burges, and the two had a son, William D. Gorton, Jr., who moved first to Palestine, Texas, and then to El Paso. Dr. Gorton was a member of several professional organizations, including the Texas Homeopathic Association, the Southwestern Homeopathic Association, the State Homeopathic Medical Society, the Austin Dharma Lodge, and others. After a prolonged illness, Dr. Gorton died at the age of 78 at his home on Salado St. on December 21, 1928.
The Dr. Will D. Gorton papers document Dr. Gorton's homeopathic practice in Austin, Texas from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Postcards received from patients all over Travis County contain notes of gratitude for his professional care, as well as information on the types of ailments people faced at that time. A few letters of personal correspondence written to Dr. Gorton from his father and niece, Josephine (Burch) Bibber, offer a glimpse of daily life in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Blank subscription cards and financial receipts describe the financial side of Dr. Gorton's practice, and there are also open envelopes sent to both Dr. Gorton and his practice colleague, Dr. Julia H. Bass (although there is no other written documentation to or from her in the collection). The rest of the collection is the doctor's stamp collection, mostly domestic with a few foreign ones kept in a separate envelope.
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Dr. Will D. Gorton Papers (AR.2003.033). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2003/144
Donation Date: 17 December 2003
Original donation arranged by Ruth Baker in 2003. The title of the collection was changed in 2019 from the Dr. Will D. Gorton, Jr. Papers to the Dr. Will D. Gorton Papers after it was discovered the original title was in error. Collection rearranged, finding aid created and encoded by Toni Cirilli in 2019.