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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 8a by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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DUDLEY SHARPE REYNOLDS, A. M., M. D., Fellow of the Medical Chirurgical College, Philadelphia, was born near Bowling Green, Ky., August 31, 1842. He is the only son of the Rev. Thomas Reynolds, whose father, Dr. Admiral Reynolds, was one of the early settlers of Warren County, Ky. The subject of this sketch received a liberal education in the common-schools, at the Trimble High School, the private institution of Professor Allman, and at Irving College. He studied medicine in the office of the late Professor Paul F. Eve, of Nashville, and graduated at the University of Louisville. He was actively engaged as a general practitioner of medicine and surgery until the first of January, 1872, when he abandoned the general practice, and has ever since devoted himself to the practice of ophthalmology and otology. He attended courses of instruction at the Wills Ophthalmic Hospital at Philadelphia, the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and the clinics at the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital, and Guy’s Hospital in London; at the Sorbonne, and the private clinics of De Wecker, Sichel, Ed Meyer, Fornier, Fremy, Charcot, and Galezowski at Paris. Deeply impressed with the labors of Professors Donders and Snellen at Utrecht, Dr. Reynolds has twice visited Utrecht. He was chief surgeon to the Western Dispensary, where he had a large clinic, and gave private instruction in surgery and ophthalmology in 1869, 1870 and 1871. In 1874, when the curators of Central University of Kentucky undertook the establishment of the medical department of that institution at Louisville, Dr. Reynolds was appointed to the chair of ophthalmology and otology. He took an active part in the establishment of the Hospital College of Medicine; and in 1882 the title of his chair was changed to that of “general pathology, public hygiene, and diseases of the eye and ear.” Dr. Reynolds is fond of sanitary science, and has devoted considerable time to its experimental study. He does a great deal of laboratory work, and has devoted considerable attention to microscopical research. In 1879 he established the Medical Herald, a monthly magazine, which soon attained a wide circulation, and proved a profitable venture. Being dissatisfied with the business management, he sold his interest in the Herald. Soon afterward he re-entered the field of journalism as editor-in-chief of a medical magazine called Progress, which was established by Mr. D. W. Raymond. It is published by Rogers & Tuly, and circulates in every civilized country. Dr. Reynolds was one of the founders of the Polytechnic Society of Kentucky, which was organized under a special act of the Legislature of Kentucky, by the terms of which it assumed control of the Public Library property. Dr. Reynolds has been a member of the directory continuously since 1879, and has had much to do with the management of the Public Library, being chairman of this special committee of directors, appointed to prepare rules and overlook the general management of the library, which now numbers about forty-five thousand volumes. He is a member of the Louisville Medical Society, the Kentucky State Medical Society, the Mississippi Valley Medical Association (of which he is president, 1888), the American Medical Association, the British Medical Association, and of the Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth International Medical Congresses. He served for a number of years as Ophthalmic Surgeon to the Louisville City Hospital, and has represented the State Medical Society of Kentucky at the annual meetings of the American Medical Association continuously from 1872 to the present time. From 1871 to 1888, inclusive, Dr. Reynolds missed but one meeting of the State Medical Association, and has contributed to the published transactions every year. His clinical lectures on the eye and ear have been published by the Philadelphia Medical Times, the Philadelphia Medical and Surgical Reporter, New York Medical Record, Virginia Medical Monthly, Gaillard’s Medical Journal, the Louisville Medical Herald, St. Louis Weekly Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, and in his own journal, Progress. At the Ninth International Medical Congress at Washington, D. C., September, 1887, he proposed to change the plan of grading lenses, and to designate them by the angle of refraction, instead of the angle of the radius, or by focal lengths, as is commonly done. He was invited to Philadelphia to deliver the annual address to the Alumni Association of the Medico-Chirurgical College on the occasion of his receiving the degree of Fellowship in the college, in April, 1887. He received the degree of A. H. at Ogden College, Bowling Green, Ky. He has been twice married, and has four children living. His first wife was Mary F. Keagan, to whom he was married May 7, 1865. Their eldest child, a daughter, is now the wife of Dr. P. R. Taylor, of Decatur, Ala. Another, a son, Dudley S., Jr., is preparing for the study of medicine. Dr. Reynold’s second marriage was celebrated at Covington, Ky., July 13, 1881, to Matilda L. Bruce, only daughter of the late Hon. E. M. Bruce. The issues of this marriage are a son and daughter, E. M. Bruce, and Sarah Elizabeth. Dr. Reynolds is a man of great energy, a robust form, and fine constitution.

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This family biography is one of 195 biographies included in the Jefferson County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 8a published in 1888 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 8a

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