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George Huntington Williams was born in Baltimore. He received his A.B. from Harvard in 1915 and his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1919. Williams graduated in the first class of the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1921, with a doctorate in public health. Williams’ first professional appointment was for the New York State Health Department in Albany as a District State Health Officer from 1922 to 1931, supervising the work of part-time health officers in five counties. He also taught a public health course at the Albany Medical College. Returning to Baltimore, Williams became director of the Baltimore City Health Department in 1931 and also served as commissioner of the health department from 1933 to 1962. During this time, Williams was professor of hygiene and public health at the University of Maryland Medical School and a lecturer and adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.

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The George Huntington Williams Collection spans his entire career. It contains personal and professional correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, radio and television transcripts, log books, reports, and reprints. The collection documents Williams’ career as a public health officer at the Albany District State Health Office and as Commissioner of Health for the Baltimore City Health Department.

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