Benton County


For forty-four years Dr. William Porter McGill has practiced medicine in Camden, and he is held in high confldence and esteem by his professional brethren and fellowmen. A native of Tennessee, his birth occurred in Henderson county, on the 22d of September, 1859, a son of Eli Taylor and Sarah Ann (Meals) McGill, both natives of Alabama. Eli Taylor McGill fought in the Mexican war.

The subscription schools of Carroll county afforded William Porter McGill his preliminary education and subsequently he enrolled in the Edgefield high school and later in the Hughes and Mims schools. Upon the completion of his literary course he enrolled in the medical department of the University of Tennessee at Nashville, and received his M. D. degree from the Nashville Medical College in 1877. He practiced in Huntingdon one year and in 1879 came to Camden, where he has since resided. In a profession where advancement depends upon individual merit Dr. McGill achieved success from the start and today he is one of the most prominent physicians in the town, county and state. At present the Doctor is serving as county health officer.

In Benton county, on the 21st of October, 1881, was celebrated the marriage of Dr. McGill to Miss Cynthia Presson, a daughter of James F. and Cynthia (Holland) Presson, natives of Tennessee. To their union five children have been born: Hugh; Ruel; Glenn; Mary Agnes; and Ruth, who died in childhood. Politically the Doctor is a republican and his religious faith is that of the Methodist church. Fraternally he is a Master Mason and he also holds membership in the Knights of Pythias. Along strictly professional lines he is identified with the Benton County Medical Society. Dr. McGill is a constant student of his profession, in the advancement of which he takes a great and helpful interest.

Tennessee, The Volunteer State, 1769-1923, Vol. 4