Beverly R. Wellford

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Beverly Randolph Wellford
Born(1797-07-29)July 29, 1797
Fredericksburg, Virginia
DiedDecember 27, 1870(1870-12-27) (aged 73)
Richmond, Virginia
Resting placeHollywood Cemetery
NationalityUnited States
Spouse(s)Betty Burwell Page (1817–18)
Mary Alexander (1824–1870)
ChildrenJohn S. Wellford
Armistead N. Wellford
Beverly Randolph Wellford Jr.
Parent(s)Robert Wellford
Catherine Yates

Beverly Randolph Wellford (July 29, 1797 – December 27, 1870) was an American physician.


Born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, he was the son of English physician Dr. Robert Wellford—a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, and his wife Catherine Yates.[1] Beverly was educated in medicine by his father before attending lectures at the University of Maryland,[2] where he was awarded his M. D. in the Spring of 1816. Following graduation, he returned home to practice medicine with his father.[3] In 1817 he was married to his first wife, Betty Burwell Page. The couple would have one daughter before Betty died in 1818. In 1824, he married his second wife, Mary Alexander, and the couple would have six children, five of them boys.[2]

In 1851, he was elected president of the Virginia Medical Association.[3] During 1852-53, he served as sixth president of the American Medical Association.[4] He was named professor of materia medica and therapeutics for the Medical College of Virginia in 1854; a chair he held until he retired in 1868 as professor emeritus. His elder son, Dr. John S. Wellford, succeeded his position at the College.[2] Following a stroke that left him paralyzed, Dr. Beverly Wellford battled a protracted illness,[2] before dying in Richmond, Virginia, on December 27, 1870.[1]


  1. ^ a b White, James Terry (1904), The National Cyclopedia of American Biography, 12, New York: J. T. White Company, p. 201.
  2. ^ a b c d Kelly, Howard Atwood; Burrage, Walter L. (1920), A Cyclopedia of American Medical Biography: Comprising the Lives of Eminent Deceased Physicians and Surgeons from 1610 to 1910, Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Company, p. 1214.
  3. ^ a b Davis, Nathan Smith (1855), Butler, Samuel Worcester, ed., History of the American Medical Association from Its Organization Up to January, 1855, Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Company, p. 178.
  4. ^ Full List of Annual Meetings and Presidents, American Medical Association, retrieved 2013-05-07.

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