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William Loftus Sutton

Also Known As: "Father Kentucky State Medical Society"
Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Scott, Kentucky, United States
Death: July 20, 1862 (65)
Georgetown, Scott, Kentucky, United States
Place of Burial: Georgetown, Scott, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Sutton, III and Mary W. Sutton
Husband of Mary Belle Catlett Sutton; Nancy Sutton and Ann Tibbs
Father of George Catlett Sutton, MD; Mary Belle Buck; John Sutton, MD; Thomas Coleman Sutton; Nancy Terrell and 5 others
Brother of Alfred Orville Sutton; Ann Mary Sutton; Sarah Taylor Sutton and Mildred Sutton

Managed by: Sue Douglass
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About William Loftus Sutton, MD

"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
April 3, 1821
Age 23
Kentucky, United States
Age 24
November 10, 1823
Age 26
September 10, 1825
Age 28
December 23, 1827
Age 30
May 5, 1838
Age 40
September 16, 1841
Age 44
Georgetown, Kentucky, United States