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Ray, William Wade, Dr.

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Ray, William Wade, Dr.
March 16, 2007 03:17PM
Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Volume I and Volume II, Lewis
Publishing Company, 1904, pp. 97-98. Christian Co.


Dr. William Wade Ray, superintendent of the Western Kentucky Asylum
for Insane, at Hopkinsville, Kentucky, is a native of this state and dates
his birth, in Lebanon, Marion county, June 25, 1852. Dr. Ray traces his
ancestry back to the Scotch-Irish. The Rays, however, have long been
residents of this country, and several generations of the family have lived
in Kentucky. Nicholas Smith Ray, the Doctor's father, was born in Marion
county, Kentucky, and was a prominent factor in business affairs in his
day. He was a well known attorney, for thirty years was cashier of the
Marion National Bank, and was at one time president of the Cumberland &
Ohio Railroad. He died at the age of sixty-three years. Nicholas Ray, Dr.
Ray's grandfather, was a prominent merchant of Lebanon for many years. He
had a family of four children, all of whom grew up to occupy useful and
respected positions in life. N.S. Ray married Mary Ann Catherine Wade, a
native of Perryville, Kentucky, daughter of Colonel William Wade, a
well-to-do farmer of Boyle county, Kentucky who earned the title of colonel
in the war of 1812. She died at the age of thirty years, leaving a family
of four children, namely: Bettie, deceased; W.W.; Nicholas, a resident of
South Africa; and Joseph, deceased.
Dr. Ray received his early education in the Lebanon schools. Later he
was sent to the Junkin military school at Danville, Kentucky, and still
later to the University of Michigan. He began his medical course in the
medical department of the University of Louisville, where he graduated in
the spring of 1876. In 1890 he took a course in the Polyclinic, New York.
After his graduation in Louisville he opened an office at Springfield,
Kentucky, and for a period of twenty-five years was engaged in the practice
of medicine there. In May, 1901, he was appointed to the position he now
occupies, that of superintendent of the Western Kentucky Asylum for Insane.
Dr. Ray has been a student all his life, and keeps himself fully abreast
with the advancement made in his profession. He is identified with
numerous medical organizations, including the Kentucky State Medical
Society, the Mississippi Valley Medical Society, the Southwestern
Kentucky Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the Christian
County Medical Association and the Breshear Medical Society.
Dr. Ray was married May 16, 1877, to Miss Sally Huges, and they are
the parents of two children: Sue W., at home, and Nicholas, attending
military school at Asheville, North Carolina. Politically Dr. Ray
affiliated with the Democratic party, and is earnest and active in his
support of the same. However, he is not a politician. His creed is that
of the Presbyterian church, in which he was reared, his parents and
grandparents having been worthy members of that church
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