BENJAMIN T. SHARP, M. D. - One of the prominent and well known physicians of Rosedale, Kansas, has been engaged in the active practice of his profession for some fourteen years and the time has told the tale of an eminently successful career due to the possession of innate talent and unusual ability along the line of one of the most helpful professions, to which man may devote his energies - the alleviation of human pain and suffering and the restoration of health, which is man's most priceless treasure. He is a physician of experience, ability and thorough equipment and has gained a well deserved reputation throughout this section of Wyandotte county.
A native of Marion county, Missouri, Dr. Sharp was born on the 14th of December, 1874, and he is a son of R. N. and Lucy (Woods) Sharp, both of whom were born and reared in the old commonwealth of Virginia. A number of the Doctor's brothers were gallant and faithful soldiers in the Confederate army in the Civil war, but the father never enlisted, although he was an ardent sympathizer with the cause of the South. R. N. Sharp was identified with the lumber business and with farming operations during the major portion of his active career, and he was summoned to the life eternal in 1909, his cherished and devoted wife having passed into the Great Beyond in 1879. He was an active and interested participant in public affairs in his native state and served as probate judge for a period of fifteen years and as county administrator for five years. In 1870 he removed with his family to Marion county, Missouri, where he passed the residue of his life.
To the public schools of Marion county, Missouri, Dr. Sharp is indebted for his preliminary educational training, the same including a course in the Palmyra High School. During the years 1891 to 1894 he was a student in the William Jewell College, at Liberty, Missouri, and subsequently he attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons at St. Louis, in which excellent institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1897, duly receiving his degree of Doctor of Medicine. Immediately after graduation he came to Rosedale, Kansas, where he has since resided and where he has gained distinctive precedence as one of the leading physicians and surgeons in this section. His offices are at No. 12 Argentine Building and he also has an office in Kansas City, Missouri. In connection with the work of his profession Dr. Sharp is a valued and appreciative member of the Wyandotte County Medical Society, the Kansas State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He is also affiliated with the Kappa Alpha Phi and the Delta Phi college medical fraternities.
In the city of Chicago, in the year 1895, was solemnized the marriage of Dr. Sharp to Miss Catherine Bates, who is a daughter of M. D. and Betty (Nichols) Bates, well known residents of Hannibal, Missouri. Mrs. Sharp was born and reared at Hannibal and she is a woman of rare charm and magnetic personality, one who is a potent influence for good in the community and home. Dr. and Mrs. Sharp have one son, Marion, who was born in Chicago in 1897, and who is now a freshman in the Rosedale High School.
While Dr. Sharp has neither time nor ambition for political preferment of any description, he gives a stanch allegiance to the Democratic party, believing that the principles of that organization contain the best elements for good government. He is an influential factor in all projects advanced for the good of Rosedale and as a doctor is widely renowned for extraordinary skill and deep human sympathy.
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