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Daniel Hale Williams was born in Hollidaysburg Pennsylvania January 181858 His parents were Daniel Williams Jr and Sarah Price Williams who had eight children His father was a barber and was a very religious and proud father of his children However he died of tuberculosis in 1867 when Daniel was only nine years old Therefore Sarah and her kids moved to Baltimore to live with relatives because they were a poor family Daniel was forced to take on jobs at n early age He became an apprentice to a cobbler a shoemaker for three years and also a laborer on a lake steamer He attended Hares Classical Academy in 1877 After he graduated from there he and his sister began traveling looking for job opportunities He and his sister found jobs in Janesville Wisconsin where they both began working in a barbershop While working in the barbershop Daniel met Henry Palmer who was a leading physician and surgeon general in Wisconsin Although Daniel was only 16 when he met Dr Palmer he saw the special qualities that Daniel possessed Dr Palmer took him as an apprentice in 1878 Dr Palmer then helped pay for Daniel to attend the Chicago Medical College which was affiliated with Northwestern University and was considered one of the best medical schools in the nation Daniel graduated with an MD in 1883 After graduation Daniel took on an internship at mercy Hospital in Chicago He then went on to open his own medical office on the south side of Chicago He had to open his own practice because of the racism he faced in Chicagos hospitals that did not allow black doctors to use modern medical facilities In 1885 he became an instructor of anatomy at Chicagos Medical College He then served as a doctor for the City Railroad Company the Southside Dispensary where he practiced medicine and surgery and the Protestant Orphan Asylum He was considered a great
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