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Dr. R. O. Braswell
R. RADFORD O. BRASWELL,
for eight years
served as a member of
the Texas State Medical
He is a native of Alabama,
having been born at Decatur,
in that State, in 1873. He is of
German and Scotch-Irish ancestry.
His father, D. B. Braswell, was
born in North Carolina and his
mother, who was Miss Jane Barrith,
was a Georgian. Dr. Braswell is a
graduate of the Physio-Medical College
of Indiana, of the Chicago College
of Medicine and Surgery and of
the New York Polyclinic. He married
Miss Mamie McKinnon of Dallas
in 1899. They have one child,
five years of age. Dr. Braswell
is a member of Hella Temple,
Knights of the Mystic Shrine. A
surgeon by profession he makes
Science his hobby. In political opinion,
he is a Democrat. In 1914 he
announced as a candidate for Governor
in the Democratic primary,
frankly stating that he did not desire
the office, but did desire a number
of measures and policies carried
out. When these were espoused by
other candidates he withdrew. Many
of the things he advocated form a
part of the platform of the successful
candidate. Among them are:
Perfection of the educational institutions;
taking of asylums and pen- /
itentiaries out of politics and operating
them in a scientific way; establishment
of a state institution for the
criminally insane; development of
Texas and establishment of a cooperative
marketing system for farm
products. He advocated also curative
methods for treatment of crime,
arguing that both crime and disease
in most cases are curable. In Fort
Worth he is noted for a quiet philanthropy
that has given skilled service
to the poorest as well as the wealthy
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