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John Henry "Doc" Holliday
"Doc" Holliday, born John Henry Holliday, in Griffin, Georgia was formally trained as a dentist.
He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1872 from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery in Philadelphia. His training included five months of classroom lectures, followed by eight months of practice experience under the supervision of a practicing dentist in Georgia, and concluded with another 22 weeks of classroom study. While serving his apprenticeship, "Doc" Holliday filled teeth and performed extractions.
He practiced in Atlanta for several years until contracting tuberculosis. He then relocated to Dallas, Texas for his health and opened a dental office in partnership with Dr. John Seegar. "Doc" Holliday was reputed to be a fine dentist and entered exhibits of the handiwork he and Dr. Seegar created at the annual Dallas County Fair. They took first place for best set of teeth in gold, best in vulcanized rubber, and best set of false teeth and dental ware.
His passion and aptitude for gambling proved to be his undoing and he moved throughout the west over the next several years. However, he continued to practice dentistry in such frontier towns as Deadwood, Dakota Territory, Dodge City, Kansas, and Las Vegas, New Mexico. He even had an office in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, site of the famous shootout at the O.K. Corral.
"Doc" Holliday died in 1887, at the age of 36, in a hotel in Glenwood Springs. Colorado.