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Joseph Lee Kirby-Smith
Joseph Lee Kirby-Smith
Born (1882-04-16)April 16, 1882
Sewanee, Tennessee
Died November 5, 1939(1939-11-05) (aged 57)
Jacksonville, Florida
Occupation Dermatologist
College football career
Sewanee Tigers
Position Tackle
Class Graduate
Career history
College Sewanee (1899–1903)
Personal information
Weight 156 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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