Dudley Papers,1807-1864

Descriptive Summary

Title
Dudley Papers,1807-1864
Creator
Dudley, Benjamin W. (Benjamin Winslow), 1785-1870; Dudley, William A., 1824-1870
Extent
1cubic ft.
Subjects
Buckner, Richard A., 1813-1900
Dudley, Benjamin W. (Benjamin Winslow), 1785-1870
Dudley, William A., 1824-1870
Lawyers -- Kentucky -- Lexington
Medical care -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Physicians -- Kentucky -- Lexington
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:Bonnie Cox
Repository
Transylvania University

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Benjamin W. Dudley, a native of Virginia, came to Lexington in 1776 and subsequently studied medicine there under Dr. Frederick Ridgely. After receiving formal medical training at the University of Pennsylvania (1804-1806), Dudley returned to Lexington, Kentucky where he won notoriety as a surgeon and as an instructor in the Medical Department of Transylvania University (ca. 1816-1850). His son, William A. Dudley, was educated at Princeton College (ca. 1842), and practiced law in Lexington (1844-1870). The younger Dudley also served as president of the Louisville and Lexington Railway Company and as Quartermaster General of Kentucky during the Civil War
Scope and Content
Materials consist of an account book of Dr. Benjamin W. Dudley, and papers relating to the legal practice of his son, William A. Dudley. The Benjamin Dudley ledger is comprised of indexed patient accounts detailing Dudley's charges for examination and treatment of patients in Lexington (1807-1809). William A. Dudley papers include an indexed notebook containing handwritten citations to legal principles or cases (ca. 1843-1845); a ledger used to record trial notes and testimony (ca. 1850-1860); and Dudley's correspondence copybook (1861-1864), with outgoing letters which relate to his legal practice both alone and in partnership with R. A. Buckner, and to Dudley's financial affairs. Contents list. Condition of material: poor (acid damage).