Peter W. Ray, M.D.; New York City

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NYPL ID number: 1215940


John A. Kenney, The Negro in Medecine. Tuskegee Institute Press, 1912. Pl. 19, left.


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When Peter Guignon married Cornelia Ray after Rebecca''s death, Peter Williams Ray became his brother-in-law. Born in 1825, Ray attended Castleton Medical College in Vermont, graduating around 1850. He then settled in Brooklyn where he opened a medical practice and pharmacy. Because Peter Guignon had no steady career but had shifted from trade to trade without much success, Ray took him into his pharmacy to work as a druggist (there were no licensing requirements for druggists at the time). Throughout his life Ray was a political activist, ardent freemason, and staunch member of St. Philip's Church. He died in 1906.


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