Another “Top Doc” From Philadelphia
Well here’s a little trivia contest about another famous (or infamous?) “Doc” from Philadelphia history. See how far you have to read before you can guess the name of the person we’re talking about.
• This “gentleman” earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1872 from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery (University of Pennsylvania) in Philadelphia at age 20. He performed extractions and was considered a good dentist at the time.
• He left the area and headed to western frontier towns in an attempt to improve his tuberculosis. Somewhere along the line he won a contest for the best set of false teeth and dental ware at a Dallas county fair.
• One of his other passions was gambling. He practiced dentistry and gambled “professionally” in Tombstone, Arizona. He was also a gunfighter who fought alongside Wyatt Earp at the OK Corral.
Did you guess? John Henry “Doc” Holliday died in Colorado in 1887 six years after the famous “Gunfight at the OK Corral” in Colorado.