Dr. William Hewson and Dr. David Caldwell Hewson

Dr. William Hewson and Dr. David Caldwell Hewson (HM277V)

Location: Orange, TX 77630 Orange County
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N 30° 5.463', W 93° 43.859'

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Two in a long line of physicians in their family, William and David Caldwell Hewson were significant figures in orange County. William was born in Philadelphia in 1801. in 1821, he married Mary Ann Bankson and they moved their family several times before settling in orange in the early 1850s. Dr. Hewson worked as a physician and opened a drugstore in Orange. He also opened Empire Mills, an early area sawmill, and after Orange County organized in 1852, he became involved in construction of the county courthouse and served as district clerk for several terms. Hewson also participated in agricultural and church activities before passing away in 1867. Dr. David Caldwell Hewson, one of William and Mary's three sons, was born in Pennsylvania in 1826. He married Hannah Bennett in 1847 and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School the next year. The couple moved to Louisiana and had three children before settling in Orange. In the 1850s, Dr. Hewson divorced Hannah and married Harriet Thomas, with whom he had three more children. He worked as a physician and also ran the family drugstore after his father's death. Hewson enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1862, working for a time as a medical examiner of conscripts. Upon returning from war, his practice prospered and he turned over operation of the store to his son Benjamin,

a pharmacist. In 1884, the Southeast Texas Medical Society elected Dr. Hewson as president. He died in 1896 and, like his father, was buried in Evergreen Cemetery. Today, Drs. William and David C. Hewson are remembered as pioneer doctors who made vital contributions to Orange's development.
HM NumberHM277V
Year Placed2007
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 429561 N 3329099
Decimal Degrees30.09105000, -93.73098333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 5.463', W 93° 43.859'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 5' 27.78" N, 93° 43' 51.54" W
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Area Code(s)409
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-399 W Front Ave, Orange TX 77630, US
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