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Thomas M. Hood Biography Harrison County, WV

Thomas Hood

Thomas Hood

THOMAS M. HOOD, A. M., M, D., one of the leading physicians and surgeons of Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, comes of old and honorable ancestry. Dr. Hood was born April 20, 1853, in Monongalia County, Virginia, now West Virginia, and is a son of John S. and Maria M. (Smyth) Hood, the former of whom was born in Carmichaels, Greene County, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Hood, our subject’s mother, still resides in the old home in Monongalia County, at the age of 77 years. She was born and was reared in what is now the State of West Virginia, and was a daughter of Hynson Smyth, who was a native of Delaware, and of English descent. He came to Virginia about 100 years ago and died at the age of 87 years. His wife, Catherine (Bowlby) Smyth, was a direct descendant of the Carhart family, one of the oldest in New York.

The father of Dr. Hood came to Virginia, now West Virginia, when a small boy. He was a grandson of Archie Hood, who emigrated from Scotland to Pennsylvania, accompanied by two sisters. Archie Hood married and settled in Western Pennsylvania and there his son John, the grandfather of Dr. Hood, was born. J. S. Hood followed agricultural pursuits all his life, and died in June, 1901, at the age of 80 years.

Dr. Hood attended the country schools during his boyhood and then entered West Virginia University, where he graduated in 1877, with the degree of A. B., three years afterward receiving the degree of A. M. He entered Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia and graduated there with his degree of M. D. in 1880. For the succeeding seven years he engaged in a general medical practice. In 1887, after taking a special course in the Polyclinic Hospital, New York, he was elected assistant physician of the West Virginia Hospital for the Insane at Weston, West Virginia, where he remained until his resignation of the position in 1895. The same year, after taking a special course in the Post-graduate Hospital, New York, he opened an office in Weston for general practice. In 1897, he removed to Clarksburg, Harrison County, where he now enjoys a lucrative practice. Always abreast in his profession, this last year he has taken a post-graduate course at the Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York.

Dr. Hood is a physician of high standing in his profession. He is president of the Harrison County Medical Society, and he is a member of the West Virginia State Medical Society, and of the American Medical Association, and occasionally contributes to medical literature.

In 1882 he married Dora Foreman of Harrison County, West Virginia, the only daughter of Edgar and Mary (Fleming) Foreman, the former of whom is deceased. The latter, who resides at Shinnston, Harrison County, is a daughter of Solomon Fleming, a member of one of the old and prominent families of the State. Dr. and Mrs. Hood have had four children: Mary M., who died at the age of 11 months; Edgar F.: Robert C.; and Agnes F. Dr. Hood is fraternally connected with the I. O. O. F. He is an upright and reliable man and has met with deserved success in business and professional life.

Men of West Virginia, Vol 2, Illustrated, Biographical Publishing Co, George Richmond, Pres.; C. R. Arnold, Sec’y and Treas., Chicago, Illinois, 1903. pgs 501-503

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