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ADAMS, Daniel M., M.D.
Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923.
Transcribed by Nancy Rayburn
ADAMS, DANIEL M. M.D., one of the leading physicians and surgeons of Bay County, is one of
the members of the medical profession who when his country had need of his services did not
hesitate, but at great personal sacrifice enlisted and served during the World war. He is
one of the skilled men of his calling, and has a large practice among the people of Panama
City and Bay County, his patients appreciating his services to them. Doctor ADAMS has always
been interested in those public matters relating to his profession, and has urgently supported
any measure calculated to safeguard the health of the public or impose much-needed sanitary
regulations. His military service was not confined to that given during the late war, for
he is a veteran of the Spanish-American war, and has been just as loyal in times of peace
as he has been in those of actual warfare.
Doctor ADAMS was born at Eufaula, Alabama, December 25, 1879, a son of J.A. and MARY E.
(THWEATT) ADAMS. His paternal grandparents were LEWIS and ALICE (ALBRITTEN) ADAMS. The
Adams family originated in Virginia, from whence his great-grandfather, a native of Virginia,
moved to North Carolina and later to Georgia, where he was married, and subsequently became
a resident of Alabama. The maternal grandparents were DANIEL and MARY (REDMAN) THWEATT.
As the name indicates, the Thweatts were originally from Wales, the great-grandfather of
Doctor ADAMS coming from that country to the American Colonies. His wife was a native of
Ireland, and they met in this country, were they were married and settled in Maryland, but
subsequently left it for Alabama. J.A. ADAMS enlisted in the Thirty-second Alabama Infantry,
Confederate Army, and served in it throughout the war, receiving severe wounds. Although
not full restored, he continued in the service until the surrender of General Lee. Returning
home after peace was declared, he bravely took up the burdens of the reconstruction period,
and became a prosperous farmer and lumberman. For some years he has been living in the
retirement his former activities have earned for him, and his wife also survives.
Doctor ADAMS attended the public schools of his native place, and was a student in school
when war was declared between this country and Spain. Ardently patriotic, he enlisted in
Company H, Second Alabama Volunteer Infantry, and served through the war and until July
1899, when he was honorably discharged. He immediately re-enlisted and served in the regular
army from July, 1899, to July, 1902, in the Eighth United States Calvary and Hospital Corps.
After his second discharge Doctor ADAMS returned home to Alabama. Subsequently he took up
the study of medicine, receiving his professional training from the Chattanooga Medical
College of Chattanooga, Tennessee from which he was graduated in 1907, with the degree of
Doctor of Medicine. Immediately thereafter he began the practice of his profession at Enterprise,
Alabama, but after two years there came to Florida and established himself permanently at
Panama City, where he has been accorded the support his talents entitle him to receive.
During 1911 and 1912 Doctor ADAMS took post-graduate work at Atlanta, Georgia, and in 1914
and again in 1918 studied at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, for he is a man who
believes in keeping thoroughly abreast of the progress made in his profession, in which the
advance is so remarkably rapid that extra reading and study is absolutely necessary if a
man reasonably hopes to grasp all of the new discoveries in science.
Once more the war clouds burst above this country, and Doctor ADAMS again offered his
services, enlisting in the Medical Corps of the United States Army, and being commissioned
a first lieutenant. He was first stationed at Camp Greenleaf, and later at Camp Oglethorpe.
He had been in the service some three and one-half months when the armistice was signed, and
he received his honorable discharge, returned to Panama City, and resumed his practice. It
is not given to every man to participate in two major wars, and Doctor ADAMS has every reason
to be proud of his military record, for it shows a sincere loyalty and faithful discharge
of duty both as a soldier and officer. Of late years Doctor ADAMS has specialized in disease
of children, and while he still carries on a general practice, has come to be regarded as
an expert in this line. He is called into consultation on these two branches all over the
country, and in them enjoys a very high reputation.
On October 16, 1908, Doctor ADAMS married at Ozark, Alabama, Miss BANNIE STOKES, a daughter
of WILLIAM B. STOKES, natives of Alabama, who are now deceased. Mr. STOKES was a merchant
and prominent man of Alabama. Doctor and Mrs. ADAMS have had three children, one of whom,
WILLIAM CHARLES, died in 1912, those living being: DANIEL M., Junior, and JOHN POWELL.
Doctor ADAMS belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a Blue-Lodge, Chapter, Knight-Templar
and Shriner Mason.
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