Joseph Lee Kirby-Smith
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Joseph Lee Kirby-Smith
Joseph Lee Kirby-Smith
Born(1882-04-16)April 16, 1882
Sewanee, Tennessee
DiedNovember 5, 1939(1939-11-05) (aged 57)
Jacksonville, Florida
College football career
Sewanee Tigers
Career history
CollegeSewanee (1899–1903)
Personal information
Weight156 lb (71 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Joseph Lee Kirby-Smith (April 16, 1882 – November 5, 1939)[1] was a college football player and dermatologist. He was once instructor of dermatology at New York University.[2]

Early years

Joseph Lee Kirby-Smith was born on April 16, 1882 in Sewanee, Tennessee, the son of American Civil War general Edmund Kirby-Smith and his wife Cassie Selden.[3] He was presumably named for Edmund's nephew Joseph Lee Kirby-Smith, who died fighting for the Union at the Battle of Corinth.[4]


He was an All-Southern college football tackle for the Sewanee Tigers of Sewanee:The University of the South, a member of its undefeated 1899 "Iron Men." He was selected All-Southern in 1902 and 1903;[5] and was captain in the latter year.[6][7] He graduated with an M. D. in 1906.[2][3] At Sewanee he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

World War 1

He served in the Public Health Service during the First World War.[3]


He moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1911 practicing as a dermatologist and gaining distinction throughout Florida and the south.[2][8][9] In 1926, he was invited to lecture to the London Medical Association on the subject of tropical medicine.


Kirby-Smith died in his Jacksonville home on November 5, 1939 of a brief illness.[2]


  1. ^ E. Melatiah. The Kirbys of New England. p. 185.
  2. ^ a b c d "Dr J. Lee Kirby-Smith Dies After Brief Illness". Sewanee Alumni News. 6 (2). November 1939.
  3. ^ a b c Wendell Givens (2003). Ninety-Nine Iron: The Season Sewanee Won Five Games in Six Days. University of Alabama Press. p. 31.
  4. ^ The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information. 25. 1911. p. 260.
  5. ^ selected by W. R. Tichenor, posted in Fuzzy Woodruff's A History of Southern Football
  6. ^ "Lettermen".
  7. ^ "The Olympian Magazine". 1 January 1903 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ Baker, Lily; Gailor, Charlotte; Lovell, Rose Duncan; Torian, Sarah Hodgson (1 January 1932). "Sewanee" – via Google Books.
  9. ^ "Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology". American Medical Association. 1 January 1940 – via Google Books.

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