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Black and white illustrated portrait of James Mclurg

Dr. James McClurg was the first Chair of Anatomy and Medicine at William & Mary, serving from 1779 to 1784, when he left to go into private practice. He attended William & Mary in 1762 and went on to attended the University of Edinburgh, graduating with a degree in medicine in 1770.

McClurg was appointed the Chair of Anatomy and Medicine at the 4 December 1779 meeting of the Board of Visitors. He left the College in 1784 to return to private practice. After leaving the College of William & Mary, McClurg served as a delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention.

Material in the SCRC

  • McClurg, James. Experiments upon the Human Bile and Reflections on the Biliary Secretions. London, T. Cadell, 1772. Available in SCRC Rare Boooks Collection, call # QP197.M25.

Further Reading

  • Godson, Susan H, et. al., The College of William & Mary: A History, King and Queen Press, 1993. pg. 132, 133.
  • Faculty Minutes, 29 December 1779
  • Biography of James McClurg National Archives and Records Administration, The Founding Fathers: Virginia, last reviewed September 29, 2016. Accessed February 16, 2017.


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