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ADAMSON, William P., A. B., M. D.

Transcribed from:  The History of Florida:  Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923.

ADAMSON, WILLIAM P., A. B., M.D. For over twenty years Dr. WILLIAM P. ADAMSON has figured
prominently in the medical profession of Tampa, and has maintained throughout his career a
high standard of ethics and honorable principles. A man of skill and capability, he has
risen in his profession and has deservedly won the position he holds among his fellow physicians.

He was born in Carrol County, Georgia, September 23, 1874, a son of JAMES G. and MARY F.
(FLEMING) ADAMSON, natives of Georgia. The father is deceased, but the mother survives.
The ADAMSON family is of Scotch-Irish origin, but has been long established in this country.
Doctor ADAMSON was the youngest of the four children born to his parents, and their only

Growing up in his native county, he attended the local schools and Bowden College, Bowden,
Georgia, from which he was graduated in 1894 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He then
matriculated in the medical department of the University of Georgia, and was graduated
there-from in 1900 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. For one year thereafter he served
as an interne at the City Hospital of Augusta, Georgia, and then, in 1901, located at Tampa,
where he has since remained, in the active practice of his profession. Professionally he
belongs to the County, State and National Medical associations. He is a thirty-second
degree Mason, a Shriner, and a Knight of Pythias. Active locally, he maintains membership
with the Tampa Board of Trade, and is physician-in-chief of the Children's Home of Tampa.
He is connected with the staff of several hospitals of Tampa, and is otherwise interested
in professional matters.

In 1903 Doctor ADAMSON married GEORGIE ROBEY, of Tampa, and they had three children. DOROTHY,
MARGARET and RUTH. Mrs. ADAMSON died in 1913, and on April 21, 1921, he married Mrs. ELMA
C. COPELAND, of Tampa. In 1914 Doctor ADAMSON went to Europe, and was abroad when war was
declared between Germany and France, and was in London when England declared war. His
purpose on going abroad was to visit the various hospitals, and he had completed a tour of
France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Scotland and England when his plans were interrupted, as
were so many, by the outbreak of hostilities. Owing to the congestion, he was forced to
return to the United States in steerage. At present Doctor ADAMSON is devoting himself to
the demands of his large private practice, but for seventeen years he has been surgeon for
the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. During the time he has been at Tampa Doctor ADAMSON has
won recognition as a well-trained and able member of his profession, and is thoroughly
abreast of the progress made in medical science. He has displayed a dignified capability
along educational lines, but he feels that his professional interests and duties are
paramount in his life.
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