W. T. Booth biography

W. T. BOOTH, M. D., who since 1889 has engaged in the practice of medicine in Denison, the consensus of opinion according him a prominent position as a representative of the medical fraternity, was born in Bedford county, Tennessee, on the 3rd of January, 1850, his parents being John S. and Martha (Nowlin) Booth, the former a native of South Carolina and the latter of Tennessee. The father was a farmer and stock-raiser and came to Texas in 1854, settling in Paris, this state, where his remaining days were passed, his death occurring when he was sixty-seven years of age. His wife died in Paris when seventy-three years of age.

Dr. Booth supplemented his early educational privileges by a course of study in Kentucky State University and later entered the Hospital Medical department of Central University at Louisville, Kentucky, from which he was graduated in the class of 1875. He then entered upon the practice of his profession in Honey Grove, Fannin county, Texas, where he remained for about fourteen years, when in 1889 he came to Denison, Texas, where he has since resided. He was not long in demonstrating to the public that he possessed skill and ability of superior order in the practice of medicine and surgery. He has comprehensive knowledge of the great scientific principles which underlie his work and brings to his professional duties the practical common sense which enables him to apply his learning with accuracy to the duties before him. He maintains a high standard of professional ethics and keeps abreast with the best thinking men in this calling, so that he has rendered signal service to those who have employed him professionally.

In his political views Dr. Booth is a stalwart Democrat and in 1901 was elected alderman from the third ward, serving as a member of the council for two years. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Knights of Pythias lodges of Denison and has held various offices in both orders.

In 1876 Dr. Booth was married to Miss Cornelia J. Harral, a daughter of L. H. Harral, of Lamar county, Texas and they had one son, J. Harral, who is a graduate of the State University of Texas of the class of 1901 and is now engaged in the practice of law in Denison. Dr. and Mrs. Booth have a wide and favorable acquaintance in the city of their adoption and are accorded a position of prominence in social circles. Thoroughness has characterized all he must delve to the very bottom of whatever interests him. He has been a deep student of his profession and with the illimitable fields of knowledge before him he has toiled constantly onward, ambitious to attain the best success possible, not only for his own benefit but also because of the humanitarian spirit that prompts his best service for his fellowmen.

Source: B. B. Paddock, History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906), Vol. I, pp. 610-611.