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ADA Presidents Album


Doctor Darby, of Philadelphia, was elected twenty-third president of the Association at the 1883 meeting in Niagara Falls. In his presidential address the following year, Doctor Darby reviewed developments in the profession since the Association was organized in 1859: the number of dentists increased from less than 4,000 to more than 12,000; the number of dental colleges, including dental departments of universities, increased from three to twenty; the number of states with laws regulating the practice of dentistry was twenty in 1884 compared to none in 1859. Doctor Darby was elected president of the Pennsylvania State Dental Society in 1875. In private practice in Philadelphia, he was also a professor of operative dentistry, dental histology and pathology from 1876 until 1920. He was a frequent contributor to the dental literature. He was born in New York in 1845 and died in 1929.

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Content comprises text (a brief biography and historical highlights), facsimile of autograph and a photographic portrait for each ADA President from 1860 to 1977.