William Loftus Sutton (1797 - 1862)

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Nicknames: "Father Kentucky State Medical Society"
Birthplace: Scott, Kentucky, United States
Death: Died in Georgetown, Scott, Kentucky, United States
Managed by: Sue Hulett
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Immediate Family

    • Mary
    • George
    • Mary Belle
    • John
    • Thomas
    • daughter
    • Nancy
    • Daniel Cooper
    • William Henry
    • Annie
    • Caroline

About William Loftus Sutton

"Dr. Sutton studied medicine at Transylvania (College, Lexington KY) and in (the University of) Louisville Ky. and received his medical degree in Baltimore, Md. He practiced at Morganfield, Ky. for about twelve years. Soon after going there he married Mary B. Cattlett.** In 1833 they moved to Georgetown, Ky. where she died. He then married Ann (Tibbs) Webb. In "Medicine and Its Development in Kentucky" Dr. Sutton is referred to as "Father of the Kentucky Medical Society and its first president, scholar, physician of repute, orginal thinker." In 1852 he was elected first vice-president of the American Medical Association. He was a writer of some distinction on medical subjects."

  • *Of the Catlett family Wm. B. Railey in his "History of Woodford County" p. 313 says "The Catletts descended from John Catte of County of Kent; family name and mansion of Hugh de Catte 1442...George Catlett b. 1770 m. Laetitia Buck dau. of Chas. Buck and Mary (or Ann) Richardson, a granddaughter of Marques de la Calmes and his wife Winifred. Geo. and Laetitia (Buck) Catlett had a dau. Mary Belle Catlett who m. Dr. Wm. L. Sutton."


"Descendants of John Sutton and his wife Temperance Lane," compiled by Carrie Tarleton Goldsborough and Anna Goldsborough Fisher, 1941, Published by Clay Printing Company, Lexington, Kentucky. p 52

A biography “William Loftus Sutton, M.D. 1797-1826” by Carrie Tarleton Goldsborough and Anna Goldsborough Fisher copyright 1948 was printed by The Thoroughbred Press, Lexington, Kentucky.

These two books were given to Sue Hulett Green by Henry Sutton Hulett, and eventually are to be donated to The Filson Club Historical Society in Louisville, Kentucky.

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William Loftus Sutton, MD's Timeline

May 21, 1797
Scott, Kentucky, United States
May 14, 1820
Age 22
Morganfield, Kentucky, United States
Age 24
August 29, 1837
Age 40