Historical Character
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Name: John Ralston Williams

Age: 47

Gender: Male

Race/Ethnicity: White

Profession: Physician

Location: Rochester, NY

Personal Traits. Skills, Abilities and Characteristics: Williams was the first American to administer insulin shots for treating diabetes. He played a major role in Rochester’s public health. He also studied the safety of milk supplies within Rochester, finding problems with refrigeration and milk delivery and tried to improve standards.

Biography (ca. 1921): Despite not graduating high school, he graduated top of his class at the University of Michigan with a medical degree. He became a physician and opened an office in 1904. He did extensive study into milk supplies in Rochester and worked to improve refrigeration standards. in 1916, he was appointed chief of medicine at Highland Hospital and established a division specifically dedicated to treated diabetes. This led to him being the first American physician to administer an insulin shot. He also played a major role Rochester civic life, worked to build up the Oak Hill Country Club and the fledgling Rochester Municipal Museum. Williams was also responsible for the plating of tens of thousand of oak and other trees on the land of the Oak Hill Country Club.