WILLIAM JORDAN THIGPEN, M. D., physician and surgeon at Tarboro, entered the profession with the qualifications of a thorough education and profound natural talents and inclinations for his calling, and has become one of the best known members of the medical fraternity in Edgecombe County.

He was born on a farm in Edgecombe County June 5, 1875, son of Frank L. and Martha (Thigpen) Thigpen.  Much of his early education was supervised by the noted educator, Professor F. S. Wilkinson, and he began the study of medicine in the University of North Carolina but finished in Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, where he graduated M. D. in May, 1900.  Doctor Thigpen at once located and opened his office at Tarboro and has had a large practice both in medicine and surgery.  He is a former superintendent of health of Edgecombe County, ex-county coroner, is a local surgeon at the Atlantic Coast Line Railway, is now president of the Edgecombe County Medical Society and a member of the staff of the Edgecombe General Hospital.  He belongs to the Fourth District, the North Carolina State and Sea Board Medical societies and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Thigpen has served as a member of the board of aldermen at Tarboro, is a director of the Edgecombe Homestead & Loan Association.  He is a Royal Arch Mason, a past master of the Masonic Lodge, and a member of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics.

October 7, 1903, he married Miss L. Virginia Gray, of Norfolk, Virginia.  Mrs. Thigpen is a graduate nurse and practiced her profession before her marriage.  They have three children:  Virginia Gray, Martha and Annie Snow.

Transcription from the book, History of North Carolina, volume V, published in 1919, pages 188-189, found on the website, Hathitrust Digital Library (http://www.hathitrust.org), accessed 21 June  2021. 

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