George A. McLemore Family Papers

1905-1995, undated
The Country Doctor Museum Manuscript Collection, CD 01.101
McLemore, George A. Family
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George A. McLemore Family Papers (CD 01.101), The Country Doctor Museum, at The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA
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Papers of George A. McLemore Sr. and George A. McLemore Jr. including photographs, articles, pamphlets, correspondence, audio recordings, and other papers.

Biographical/historical information

George Ammie McLemore Sr. was born in Sampson County, North Carolina on 1878 November 12 to David and Margaret (Hall) McLemore. He graduated from the Medical Department of the University of North Carolina at Raleigh in 1906. After graduating, he went into practice in Johnston County, near Clayton until 1923, when he moved to Smithfield. In Smithfield, McLemore practiced medicine and superintended the management of farms, town property, and a drug store. He married Nellie E. Johnson in 1908, and they had five children: Annie Lucille (Austin), Margaret Elizabeth (Lee), Mina Eloise (Grady), George Ammie Jr., and Robert Alderman. Nellie died in April 1934, and he would marry second Geneva Godwin Rowland in 1953. He died 1961 April 14 in North Carolina.

George Ammie McLemore Jr. was born 1925 July 4 in Smithfield, North Carolina to George Ammie McLemore Sr. and Margaret Hall. He graduated from Smithfield High School in 1942. In 1946, McLemore earned a certificate in medicine from the University of North Carolina and his medical degree from Harvard University two years later. He did his residency at North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He served in the Medical Corps of the United States Army from 1951 to 1953. For 55 years, McLemore practiced medicine in New York City. He specialized in internal medicine and cardiology, but was known as New York's "country doctor" because he made house calls. During his career, McLemore was an assistant attending physician at the New York Hospital, attending physician at Doctors' Hospital, and assistant physician in cardiopulmonary service at Memorial Hospital. He was also assistant clinical professor of medicine at Cornell Medical College. McLemore married Elizabeth Huffer Reinecke in 1959 and had one daughter, Elizabeth Johnson. McLemore died 2003 July 13 in New York City.

Scope and arrangement

Papers of George A. McLemore Sr. and George A. McLemore Jr. including photographs, articles, pamphlets, correspondence, audio recordings, and other papers. In the 1950s, McLemore Sr. produced a booklet, "Thoughts of a Country Doctor," which includes photographs of himself and stories about his father's experience of Sherman's March during the Civil War, why he chose to study and practice medicine, and being honored by the North Carolina Medical Society. The booklet also contains toasts, poetry, and witticisms written by McLemore.

Administrative information
Custodial History

2014 February 21: Photograph, "Thoughts of a Country Doctor," and objects belonging to Dr. George McLemore Sr. and Dr. George McLemore Jr. Gift of Beth Browne.

2014 April 11: Additional objects to Dr. McLemore's collection including photos, archival materials, tapes, a record, and slide case. Gift of Beth Browne.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Beth Browne

Processing information

Processed by Marlena Barber and Lindsay Canting, 2016

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

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Related material

Related artifacts held at The Country Doctor Museum, Bailey, North Carolina.

Container list
Box 1 Folder 1 George A. McLemore Sr. Medical Rosters, 1941, 1959
Box 1 Folder 2 Prescription Pages, 1905, undated
Box 1 Folder 3 Thoughts of a Country Doctor, undated
Box 1 Folder 4 George A. McLemore Jr. Photographs, 1929-1995, undated
Box 1 Folder 5 George A. McLemore Jr. Educational Materials, 1946-1952
Box 1 Folder 6 Warner's Calendar of Medical History, 1945
Box 1 Folder 7 George A. McLemore Jr. Medical Study Materials, 1945, 1949, undated
Box 1 Folder 8 George A. McLemore Jr. Correspondence, 1950
Box 1 Folder 9 George A. McLemore Jr. Published Articles, 1947-1957
Box 1 Folder 10 Audio Cassettes, 1986, 1995
Box 1 Folder 11 "You and Your Health" Record, 1962 April 5