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Dr. Joseph Lee Kirby-Smith

Also Known As: "Kirby", "Smith"
Birthplace: Sewanee, Franklin, TN, United States
Death: November 05, 1939 (57)
Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, United States
Place of Burial: Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Lt. Gen. (CSA), Edmund Kirby Smith and Caroline "Cassie" Selden Kirby Smith
Husband of Lillian Kirby-Smith
Father of Elizabeth Lee Frazer; Barbara Kirby-Smith and Selden “Kirby” Ferlinghetti
Brother of Caroline Selden Smith; Frances Kirby Smith; Edmund Kirby Smith; Lydia Kirby Hale; Rowena Selden Buck and 5 others

Managed by: Alice Zoe Marie Knapp
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About Dr. Joseph Lee Kirby-Smith


Joseph Lee Kirby-Smith (April 16, 1882 – November 5, 1939) was a college football player and dermatologist. He was once instructor of dermatology at New York University.

Early years

Joseph Lee Kirby-Smith was born on April 16, 1882 in Sewanee, Tennessee, the son of American Civil War general Edmund Kirby-Smith and his wife Cassie Selden.


He was an All-Southern college football tackle for the Sewanee Tigers of Sewanee:The University of the South, a member of its undefeated 1899 "Iron Men." He was selected All-Southern in 1902 and 1903; and was captain in the latter year. He graduated with an M.D. in 1906. At Sewanee he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

World War I

Kirby-Smith served in the Public Health Service during the First World War.


Kirby-Smith moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1911, practicing as a dermatologist and gaining distinction throughout Florida and the south. In 1926, he was invited to lecture to the London Medical Association on the subject of tropical medicine.


Kirby-Smith died in his Jacksonville home on November 5, 1939 of a brief illness.


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Dr. Joseph Lee Kirby-Smith's Timeline

April 16, 1882
Sewanee, Franklin, TN, United States
Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, United States
Jacksonville, Duval County, FL, United States
September 24, 1923
Florida, United States
November 5, 1939
Age 57
Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, United States
Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, United States