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The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 355

ROBERT WRISTON, M. D. The career of Doctor Wriston as a physician and surgeon began at Beckley in 1906. He is one of the very accomplished professional men of Raleigh County, and has been very active in all that concerns his profession and the general welfare and advancement of the community.

Doctor Wriston was born August 23, 1879, at Kincaid, in Fayette County, West Virginia, son of  I. G. and Alice (Stanley) Wriston, natives of this state. His grandfather, Caleb Wriston, served as a Confederate soldier in the Civil war, and his maternal grandfather lost his life in that struggle. The Wristons were of Scotch ancestry, and the family has been in Virginia for a number of generations.  I. G. Wriston and wife are now living retired at Nesco.  He has been a farmer and for two terms held the office of justice of the peace. He is an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Robert Wriston attended common schools in Raleigh County, his parents moving here when he was a child.
Later he took the academic course in the Concord State Normal at Athens, taught for five years, and then went
East and entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Baltimore, where he graduated M. D. in 1905. For a year he was resident physician in the City Hospital at Baltimore, and with that training he began his work at Beckley. Doctor Wriston handles a general medical and surgical practice, and every year or so he gets away from the routine of home duties to come into contact with the leading men and schools of the country. He took postgraduate work in the New York Polyclinic in 1908 and again in 1911, pursued special studies in Tulane University at New Orleans in 1917, and in 1921 and 1922 pursued courses in the Augustana Hospital and under Doctor Printy at Chicago.

In 1913 Doctor Wriston helped organize the Beckley Hospital, and he owned a half interest in that institution
until January, 1922, and is still a member of the hospital staff. He belongs to the County, State and Southern Medical Associations, is a republican, is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

In 1910, at Beckley, he married Miss Minnie Davis, daughter of John P. and Mary (McGinnis) Davis. Her father's career was distinguished by its long and active connection with public service. He served as sheriff two terms, as county clerk mid clerk of court, and he died while still in public office. Doctor and Mrs. Wriston have four children, named Mary Alice, June, Marjorie and Mattie.

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