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David F. Morton, M. D.


David F. Morton, M. D., a promising young physician of Perryville, Mo., was born in Cape Girardeau County, Mo., in 1858, and is a son of William P. and Eliza (Abernathy) Morton. William P. Morton was born in Tennessee in 1834, and when ten years of age came with his parents to Cape Girardeau County, Mo., where he has since resided and has become one of the most substantial farmers of the county. He resided on a farm of 225 acres one half mile south of Pocahontas, and is a highly respected citizen.

His wife who was born in Perry County, Mo., in 1828, was the daughter of Dr. Lot Abernathy. She died in 1875, leaving seven children: Charles, a miller at Pocahontas, Mo., James I., a prominant [sic] stock farmer of Bollinger County, Mary A., Mrs. William Alexander of Laflin, Mo., David F., Maggie, wife of Dr. George W. Tarlton of Oak Ridge, Mo., William A., who is in partnership with his brother, James L., and Lou R.

David F. grew to manhood in his fatherís farm, and acquired a good education in Frus?land Academy, Oak Ridge High School, and the Southeast Normal School at Cape Girardeau. He taught one term of school in 1880, and in the meantime began the study of medicine. The following fall he enlisted [in] the St. Louis Medical College and attended one year. The next year he attended the Missouri Medical College, from which he graduated as an M. D. in the spring of 1882. After Finishing the course he practiced a few months at both Jackson and Longtown, Mo., and in the fall of 1882, located at Perryville, where he has since practiced his profession very successfully.

In April, 1886, he became a partner with Thomas L. Phillips in a drug store, which business they still control, under the firm name of Phillips & Morton. In politics the Doctor endorses and supports the principles of the Democratic party. He is a Mason and a member of the Southeast, Missouri Medical Association.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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