Dr. Jacob Tally Wilhite

Dr. Jacob Tally Wilhite (HMHRU)

Location: Buda, TX 78610 Travis County
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N 30° 6.643', W 97° 44.99'

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Born on a farm near this site, Jacob Tally Wilhite received his early education in the public schools of the Willow Springs community. He attended the University of Texas in Austin and taught school in Bastrop County before continuing his studies at the University of Texas medical branch in Galveston.

Wilhite earned his medical degree in 1903 and served an internship at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston. That same year, he became assistant to the director of the State Lunatic Asylum (now Austin State Hospital). During his tenure there, he began studying rabies and its treatment. The state legislature appropriated funds for his research in 1904 and Wilhite became director of the new institution, called the Pasteur Institute of Austin, 1905.

Wilhite's research soon led him to the discovery of a stain to detect rabies in body tissue. He became a leading authority on the disease and was known throughout the world. In 1927 the state legislature again appropriated funds for the Pasteur Institute for the construction of a new facility at 5th and Trinity Streets. Dr Wilhite contracted influenza and died before its completion, and the building was dedicated in his honor.
Marker Number14660
Year Placed1991
Placed ByThe Texas Historical Commission
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 8:39am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 620446 N 3331713
Decimal Degrees30.11071667, -97.74983333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 6.643', W 97° 44.99'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 6' 38.58" N, 97° 44' 59.40" W
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Area Code(s)512
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11600-11852 Carl Rd, Buda TX 78610, US
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