Cornelius Clemons Howard Dr. Cornelius Clemens Howard, actively engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in Memphis, comes to this state from Mississippi, his birth having occurred at Sardis on the 1st of September, 1870. His father, Nevel Green Howard, was a planter and Confederate soldier who died in the year 1898. His mother is Mrs. Mary Elizabeth (Young) Howard, now living in Memphis, at the age of seventy-nine years. Dr. Howard was educated for the work of the Baptist ministry, intending to devote his life to the church, but changing his plans, began preparing for medical practice. He won his Bachelor of Laws degree from the Mississippi College in 1887 and while a student there he was licensed to preach, while later he was ordained a minister. He never regularly served a church as pastor, however, though he occasionally preached for several years. In early manhood, while still pursuing his studies, he taught at intervals for a number of years in Mississippi and Kentucky. He was for a period a student in the University of Chicago and he also attended the Central University of Indiana, which conferred upon him the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1905.

He began the study of medicine in Rush Medical College of Chicago but finished his professional preparation in the Memphis Hospital Medical College, which conferred upon him the M. D. degree in 1906. Since that date he has been engaged in active practice here and as the years have passed has met with a most gratifying measure of success. In fact, he is constantly overburdened with the demands made upon him for professional service and at all times he is most conscientious in the performance of his professional work. Life is to him earnest and purposeful and he puts forth every opportunity to serve his fellowmen to the utmost of his capacity and power, and it is a recognized fact that his power has gone far beyond the point of mediocrity and has won him classification with the leading general medical practitioners in his adopted city. On the 1st of June, 1898, Dr. Howard was married to Miss Grace Alma Gwartney of Kentucky, who was born at Corydon, Indiana. They have two daughters: Estelle, who is the wife of H. J. Moorhead of Canton, Ohio; and Mary Alma, a young lady of twenty years, at home with her parents. Dr. Howard is an interested member of the Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society and the Tennessee State Medical Society and through their proceedings keeps in touch with the trend of modern professional thought and practice. His religious faith is that of the Baptist church and high principles have actuated him at all points in his career, making him a man whom to know is to respect and esteem.
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