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John Richardson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231141680

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231141680.001.0001

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Early Years

Early Years

(p.3) 1 Early Years
Howard Andrew Knox

Richardson John T. E.

Columbia University Press

This chapter describes Howard Andrew Knox’s childhood, education, and medical training. Knox was born on March 7, 1885, in Romeo, Michigan; he was the only child of Howard Reuben Knox and Jennie Mahaffy Knox. Knox’s parents separated when his father moved to Virginia to set up a business investing in tobacco futures. He had a close relationship with his mother that endured until her own death in 1929. In 1894, when he was just nine years old, Knox acquired a stepfather, Leander Blackwell, who was to have a decisive influence upon his choice of career. In 1899, the family moved to another farm on Babcock Hill outside Willimantic in Windham County, Connecticut. Knox settled in well at his new school, getting grades of either H (honor work) or A (excellent) in most subjects. After high school Knox entered the medical school at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. On March 27, 1908, Knox graduated from Dartmouth Medical School with a degree of Doctor of Medicine.

Keywords:   childhood, education, medical training, Howard Andrew Knox, Howard Reuben Knox, Jennie Mahaffy Knox, Leander Blackwell, Willimantic, Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Medical School

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