EDWIN T. READ, M. D., successfully engaged in the practice of medicine at Keller and recognized as the leading member of the professional there, has through his skill and ability gained marked prestige and an enviable reputation. In addition to his private practice he is serving as attending physician to the Tarrant county hospital, to which he was appointed in November, 1903. His residence in Texas dates from 1886, at which time he took up his abode in Tarrant county, living for a brief period five miles east of Keller, where he practiced until he took up his abode in the village. Since that time he has remained continuously in Tarrant county with the exception of several years spent in Kaufman county, Texas.
Dr. Read is a native of Calhoun county, Alabama, born on the third of December, 1858. His father, the Rev. Edwin T. Read, D. D., a well known Baptist clergyman of his time, lived and labored in the ministry in Alabama and was also prominent and influential in public affairs there, serving at one time as a member of the state legislature. He filled the office during the period of the Civil war and he was ever a man firm in support of his honest convictions, his influence being a strong support to the truth, justice and right.
Dr. Read was reared in the county of his nativity and after acquiring his preliminary education continued his studies in the state normal school at Jacksonville, Alabama. Determining upon a professional career as a life work and thinking that he would find the practice of medicine congenial, he became a student in the Hospital Medical College at Louisville, Kentucky, in 1882, attending that institution for three consecutive years, after which he was graduated with the degree of M. D. in May, 1884. While in that institution he also took a special course in physical diagnosis.
Subsequent to his graduation Dr. Read located for practice at Germania, Calhoun county, Alabama, where he remained for a time and then came to Texas, as before stated, making his home in Tarrant county since 1886 and gradually working his way upward in his profession until he is now recognized as one of its most capable representatives in this county.
By continued reading and investigation he has kept in touch with the progress made by the medical fraternity. He belongs to the Texas State Medical Association and he is local examining physician for the New York Life Insurance Company, for the Maccabees at Keller and the Woodmen of the World. Of the last named he is a member and he also belongs to the Masonic lodge at Roanoke.
In June, 1888, Dr. Read was married to Miss Nanny Price of Keller, Texas, and they have four children: Mable, Pelham, Edwin T. and Zoe. The doctor belongs to the Missionary Baptist church at Keller and is a gentleman highly esteemed and respected socially, while the consensus is most favorable and he is therefore enjoying a large and lucrative practice in his locality.
Source: B. B. Paddock, History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906), Vol. II, p. 143.