Braswell, Radford O. (1873–1932)

By: Jeanette H. Flachmeier

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: September 30, 2020

Radford O. Braswell, physician, son of D. B. and Jane (Barrith) Braswell, was born near Decatur, Alabama, on September 19, 1873. He attended the Southern University of Alabama and the Physio-Medical College of Indiana, where he graduated in 1896. He did graduate work at the College of Medicine and Surgery in Chicago, New York Polyclinic, Mayo Clinic, and Tulane University. In 1894 he moved to Dallas and began his medical practice. On July 12, 1900, he married Mamie McKinnon of Dallas. He established the Braswell Sanitarium in Mineral Wells, where he remained from 1900 to 1907. He then moved to Fort Worth and established another Braswell Sanitarium in 1921. He was a member of the Tarrant County Medical Society, the American Medical Association, and the Texas Medical Association. He was for six years a member of the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, under the administration of Thomas M. Campbell, and for several years was examiner for the Industrial Accident Board (now the Texas Workers' Compensation Commission). He was a specialist in orthopedic surgery and performed many operations for charity. He was chief surgeon at Braswell Sanitarium and chief of staff at St. Joseph Hospital in 1931. He died at Fort Worth on May 5, 1932.

Buckley B. Paddock, History of Texas: Fort Worth and the Texas Northwest Edition (4 vols., Chicago: Lewis, 1922). Texas State Journal of Medicine, July 1932.

  • Health and Medicine
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Orthopedic and Osteopathic Surgeons
Time Periods:
  • Late Nineteenth-Century Texas
  • Progressive Era
  • Great Depression
  • Texas in the 1920s
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • Fort Worth
  • North Texas
  • Dallas

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Jeanette H. Flachmeier, “Braswell, Radford O.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 20, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

September 30, 2020

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