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Dr William Wayland “W.W.” Light

  • Birth 29 Jul 1819 Clermont County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 14 Jun 1895 Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
  • Burial Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
  • Plot Vol. B, page 122, Lot 16
  • Memorial ID 64924741

William Wayland Light was born in Claremont (sic) County, Ohio on July 29, 1819 (one source has July 28, 1817), and was a boyhood friend of Ulysses S. Grant. He began studying medicine at age eighteen in Cincinnati, entered the practice of dentistry in 1840, and arrived in California on August 30, 1849. Light worked briefly at Ormsby's mint in Sacramento, then tried his hand at mining, after which he returned to practicing dentistry. During the 1860s Light acquired mining interests in Sonora, Mexico and settled there, during which time he became embroiled in a battle with local desperadoes. Returning to Sacramento, Light resumed his dental practice and passed away on June 14, 1895.

Unrestricted. Credit to California State Library. W.W. Light papers, 1851-1893.

Dr. Light also has a nephew that became a dentist, Dr. William O. Girardey (1869-1914, FAG Memorial# 64951635). He is buried in the same cemetery.

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