Colorado County Historical Markers

Robert Henry Harrison, M.D.

Marker location: 302 Preston, Columbus (corner of Preston & Front)

Marker erected: 1994

Marker Text:
(November 13, 1826 - October 17, 1905) A Georgia native and a doctor's son, Robert Henry Harrison received his medical degree in Ohio in 1846. He married Martha V. Towell in 1856, then served as a colonel in the Confederate Army. He moved to Columbus with his family in 1869, lived in a home at this site, and opened a doctor's office on the town square. He was a founding member and president of The State Medical Association, helped establish Texas' Board of Health, and was a prolific medical journalist. He built a hospital in Columbus in 1880 for railway employees. He left a legacy of civic leadership and volunteer medical service.


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