Author Biographical Info

Thomas Franklin Miles, MD, was born in either Bullock County or Montgomery, Alabama, on February 28, 1858. His family moved to San Antonio in 1867 and then north to McLennan County, near Bruceville, in 1868. He taught for several before attending Vanderbilt University and graduated from Tulane in 1884 with a degree in Doctor of Medicine. He practiced first in Eddy and then in Lorena, Texas. He helped organized Lorena's First National Bank and was elected bank president in 1908. He also owned 4,000 acres of ranch land. He died on May 7, 1938 after living and practicing in the Lorena area for 54 years and is buried in Lorena Cemetery.

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Medical history, United States » Texas, Thomas F. Miles, realia


The Thomas F. Miles, MD papers include his black bag, medicines in glass bottles, one carte-de-visite and two cabinet cards depicting Miles, diplomas, surgical instruments, medical tools, and some papers. The collection is generally in fair condition. The black leather bag is brittle. The photographic images are in excellent condition. The surgical tools show some rust. The medicines in glass vials have degraded. See more at MS 131.


This material was purchased in August 2007 from an online EBay auction and acquired by Elizabeth White, director of the McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center.



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