Dr. George Morton Terrill, well known in military circles and widely recognized as a leading representative of the medical fraternity in San Francisco, was born on the 22d of February, 1859, in Salem, Virginia. His father, Dr. George Parker Terrill, also a native of the Old Dominion, represented one of the southern families that were established in Virginia at an early epoch in the colonial history of that city. The grandfather was very prominent in the public life of Virginia for forty years, and through many generations erved as a member of the legislature, leaving the impress of his individuality upon the laws that were enacted during his connection with the assembly. The borthers of Dr. George Parker Terrill took a very prominent part in military affairs at the time of the Civil war, being adherents of the Union cause. William R. terrill became a brigadier general, and was chief of artillery in McCook's Division at the battle of Shiloh. He was killed at the battle of Perryville in 1862. Dr. George P. Terrill was for thirty-five years a practicing physician at Salem, Virginia, and his thorough preparation for his profession and his devotion to the duties which it involved brought to him a large patronage, and made him one of the leading representatives of the medical fraternity in his native state. He married Sarah Dodd, who was born in Lexington, Virginia, and was also a representative of an old southern family. The ancestral history of the Dolds, like that of the Terrills, can be traced back to the early part of the seventeenth century, when the work of colonization had just been begun in Virginia. To Dr. George P. and Sarah Terrill were born three sons and three daughters. One son, Francis H. Terrill, resigning a position in the United States navy, settled at San Francisco, where he entered upon the practice of medicine, which he followed until 1888, when he was succeeded by his brother, George.

Dr. G. M. Terrill supplemented his early educational privileges by study in Roanoke College in Virginia. Following the completion of his literary course he matriculated in the University of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, and, pursuing the medical course, was graduated in the class of 1883, at which time the degree of Doctor of Medicine was conferred upon him. Returning then to his native city, he engaged in practice in Salem, until 1885, when he came to the Pacific coast. Joining the United States army, he was appointed acting assistant surgeon and was in active duty in the Apache campaign in 1885-6, in the command of Captain Lawton, who afterward became General Lawton and was killed in the Philippines. Following his return to San Francisco Dr. Terrill entered upon the practice of medicine and became the successor of his brother Dr. F. H. Terrill, upon the latter's death. He has a large patronage, which is of an important character, making constant demands upon his time and attention. He is a thorough and discriminating student, careful in his diagnosis of a case, and his judgment is rarely at fault in matters pertaining to his profession. Anything that tends to bring to man the key to that complex mystery which we call life receives his earnest attention, and his reading along scientific lines has been broad and comprehensive, thus qualifying him in high degree for the onerous and responsible duties which devolve upon the physician.

In June, 1899, Dr. Terrill was united in marriage to Miss Anna Hutton, a native of California, and they occupy an enviable position in the social circles of San Francisco. Fraternally he is connected with the Masons and is a past brigade surgeon of the National Guard of California. Patriotism has ever been one of the salient characteristics of the family, and Dr. Terrill has manifested this trait of his ancestors by active co-operation in military affairs in his adopted state. he is a man of broad learning and culture, possessing the progressive spirit of the day, and these qualities have made for him an enviable place in both social and professional circles in San Francisco.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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