W.B. CALVERT


Dr. W. B. Calvert, a prominent dentist of Clinton, is a native son of Henry County, and a descendant of one of
the honored pioneer families of this section. He was born near where Delmar now stands in Davis township,
August 20, 1871, a son of Samuel and Mary S. (Beckett) Calvert. The father was a native of Kentucky, born in
Harrison County, March 1, 1831. He was a son of Isaac Calvert and Mildred (Chambers) Calvert. Isaac
Calvert was born in Culpeper County, Virginia, October 18, 1783, and married Mildred Chambers in Harrison
County, Kentucky, June 25, 1823. He died near Franklin, Harrison County, Kentucky, July 13, 1853. He was a
son of Isaac and Katherine Calvert, the former a native of Prince Williams County, Virginia, born in 1743 and
married in 1771. He died February 1, 1809. The Calvert family traced the founding of that family in this country
to the first permanent English settlement in America at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, Doctor Calvert of this
review being a direct descendant from a Calvert who was a member of the Jamestown Colony. Mary S.
Beckett, Doctor Calvert's mother, was born at Chambersburg, Clark County, Missouri, July 19, 1841, a
daughter of Woodford and Duranda (Taylor) Beckett. Woodford Beckett was a native of Pendleton County,
Kentucky, and an early pioneer of Missouri. He came to this State in 1837 and located near Hannibal, where
he remained until 1839, when he went to Clark County and there spent the remainder of his life. He was a
surveyor and prominent in Clark County. He was of English descent and traced his ancestors to the same
family as that of Sir Thomas Beckett, well known in English history. Duranda Taylor Beckett, wife of
Woodford Beckett, was a native of Kentucky, and was related to Zachariah Taylor. Doctor Calvert's parents
were married April 18, 1869, and two children were born to this union, of whom the doctor is the eldest, and
Ellen, born March 15, 1874, now the wife of William Kious, Kahoka, Missouri. Samuel Calvert came to Henry
County in 1857 and settled in Davis township, where he engaged in farming, which was his life occupation.
When the Civil War broke out his sympathies were with the South and he joined the Confederate army,
serving under Gen. Sterling Price in Missouri, Arkansas and Texas, participating in all the principal battles
fought by General Price's army. He received a gunshot wound at the Battle of Lone Jack. He died November
6, 1896. His wife preceded him in death a number of years, having departed this life in January, 1874, when
Doctor Calvert was a little over three years old. When his mother died Doctor Calvert went to live with his
grandparents, Woodford Beckett and wife, who resided in Clark County, Missouri. His grandfather was a
surveyor, and when Doctor Calvert was a boy he assisted his grandfather a great deal in that line of work and
became quite proficient as a surveyor himself. He received his education in the public schools of Clark
County and Kahoka College at Kahoka, Missouri. After receiving a good preparatory education he entered the
Western Dental College at Kansas City, Missouri, and after studying there one year entered the Keokuk
Dental College at Keokuk, Iowa, where he was graduated with a degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1900.
He then engaged in the practice of his profession at Milan, Sullivan County, Missouri, where he remained
about six months, and in the spring of 1901 he came to Clinton, where he has since been engaged in the
practice. Doctor Calvert is a skillful dentist and recognized as one of the capable professional men of
western Missouri, who are schooled and skilled in the great science of dentistry. Doctor Calvert was united in
marriage June 26, 1902, with Mrs. Lillian (Sawyer) Pugh, who was born near Indianapolis, Indiana, of North
Carolina parentage. Mrs. Calvert has one son by a former marriage to John Pugh, Joel S. Pugh, who was
engaged in the wholesale lumber business at Ardmore, Oklahoma. Doctor Calvert is a member of the
Masonic Lodge and is a Democrat. He takes an active interest in local municipal affairs and for ten
consecutive years has served in one capacity or another in connection with the city government of Clinton.
He has been councilman for four years and was a member of the public works commission when the electric
light plant was built by the city. He is a progressive citizen and a professional man of high standing. Doctor
Calvert can always be safely relied upon to co-operate with any movement that has for its purpose the
betterment or upbuilding of his city and county.

1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co, pg: 350