Surgeon Daniel Williams, founder of the predominantly Black Provident Hospital, dies in Chicago.
1931 (Aug 4)
Pioneer heart surgeon and founder of the predominantly Black Provident Hospital, Daniel Hale Williams, died in Chicago. Williams, of mixed blood, was born in Philadelphia. He received a medical education at the Chicago Medical College through the generosity of a former surgeon on General Ulysses S. Grant's staff. In 1913, Williams became the first Black member of the American College of Surgeons. After withdrawing from Provident Hospital because of internal bickering, Williams became the only Black doctor on the staff of Chicago's St. Luke Hospital. His withdrawal from Provident Hospital and his marriage to a white woman subjected him to bitter attacks from fellow Blacks in the latter years of his life.