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Dr Joseph Spencer DeJarnette
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Birth: Sep. 29, 1866
Spotsylvania County
Virginia, USA
Death: Sep. 3, 1957
Staunton City
Virginia, USA

Eugenicist. He was the director of the Western State Hospital of Virginia, the namesake of the DeJarnette Sanatorium (now the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents), and a proponent and practitioner of compulsory sterilization.

Dr. DeJarnette was born in Virginia. He became the director of the Western State Hospital in 1905, a position he would hold until 1943. As an outspoken supporter of compulsory sterilization of the mentally ill, Dr. DeJarnette used his position to influence politicians to support the policy, which helped lead to the passing of the Virginia Sterilization Act of 1924. During his tenure at the Western State Hospital, Dr. DeJarnette had thousands involuntarily sterilized. He also testified against Carrie Buck at her Supreme Court trial, which resulted in her sterilization.

Dr. DeJarnette's lobbying on behalf of eugenics influenced the German Nazi Party's ideology. When the Nazis came to power, they implemented eugenic policies that extended farther than American policies. Dr. DeJarnette famously commented in 1934, "The Germans are beating us at our own game." 
Family links: 
  Elliott Hawes DeJarnette (1839 - 1913)
  Evelyn May Magruder DeJarnette (1841 - 1902)
  Chertsey Hopkins DeJarnette (1868 - 1947)*
  Caroline Hampton DeJarnette Keyser (1864 - 1959)*
  Joseph Spencer DeJarnette (1866 - 1957)
  Maria Minor DeJarnette Marshall (1870 - 1954)*
  Henry Magruder DeJarnette (1872 - 1873)*
  Henry Magruder DeJarnette (1874 - 1946)*
  Evelyn Magruder DeJarnette (1876 - 1961)*
  Elliott Hawes DeJarnette (1879 - 1941)*
  Sally Watson DeJarnette Micks (1882 - 1966)*
  Horatio Erskine De Jarnette (1886 - 1966)*
*Calculated relationship
Warm Springs Cemetery
Warm Springs
Bath County
Virginia, USA
Created by: Scott Parkey
Record added: Jan 21, 2009
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Dr Joseph Spencer DeJarnette
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