William T. Wragg
Class of 1830
William T. Wragg was born near Georgetown, SC, in 1807 and came to Charleston around 1819. He graduated from the South Carolina College in 1827 and then entered the practice of Dr. I. M. Campbell as a student and attended the Medical College of South Carolina for three years, graduating in 1830.
At this time Dr. John Edwards Holbrook (1794-1871) traveled to Paris and took along three young graduates to pursue their studies. These were Drs. James Postell Jervey (1808-1875), Thomas Lewis Ogier (1810-1900), and Wragg, who made the rounds of the hospital assiduously. His studies were interrupted briefly during the Revolution of July 1830, the “Three Glorious Days.” The casualties of this outbreak brought to him much valuable surgical experience.
Returning home, Wragg began a successful practice. He was one of the first to use the clinical thermometer in Charleston. He was active in the affairs of the Medical Society, of which he was at one time president (1849), and he taught surgery in the Southern School of Practical Medicine. His major contribution to the affairs of the Medical Society was in his successful handling of the Roper Hospital fund, which he managed to triple over the years, despite the financial difficulties of the Civil War.
Being much interested in the sanitation of the city, he contributed a number of articles to the medical literature. He wrote for the Medical Society a memoir of Dr. James Moultrie.
Wragg was a delegate to the National Medical Convention in 1848 and vice president of the American Medical Association in 1854. He died in 1885.
A History of Medicine in South Carolina 1825-1900. Joseph Ioor Waring, 1967.