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Biography of Ignatius Walthall Powell, M. D.

Dr. Ignatius Walthall Powell, representative of the medical profession in St. Louis, was born in New Bloomfield, Callaway county, Missouri, August 12, 1880. The ancestry of the Powell family can be traced back a number of generations in America and representatives of the family served in the Revolutionary war. One of the greatgrandmothers of Dr. Powell was Mary Washington, a first cousin of the immortal George Washington. His father, James Powell, wits a servedn educator and farmer of Callaway county, Missouri, and also as justice of the peace there. He was born in Halifax, Virginia, was a soldier of the Confederate army during the Civil war and died in 1908. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Linda McDonald, was born in Kentucky and their marriage was celebrated in New Bloomfeld, Missouri. They became the parents of eight children, six sons and two daughters: Charles, who died in infancy; Martha, who also passed away in infancy; Ignatius W.; Sarah Virginia, the wife of Dr. E. F. McCounaha, living in Louisville, Kentucky; Dr. F. M. Powell, who is a professor in the Baptist Theological Seminary at Louisville, Kentucky, and who married Kathleen Stone, by whom he has two sons, Frank and Robert; J. P., who is president and general manager of the Powell & Gilpin hardware store at New Bloomfield, Missouri; W. C., a contractor and builder of New Bloomfield, who married Betty Thompson; and C. A., who is a physician in St. Louis. Dr. Ignatius W. Powell was educated in the public and high schools of his native city and then in preparation for his profession entered the...

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