Dr. T.E. Williams Biography and Photos


Thomas Elmer Williams  1873-1947

Dr. Williams along with fellow physician Dr. Lewis Pirkle opened the Tri-State Sanitarium in Shreveport on Thanksgiving Day, 1924, calling it their gift to the city.  The Ohio-born doctor began practicing in North Louisiana after graduating from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1905. Jefferson Medical College is one of the oldest in the United States and having graduated more doctors than any similar institution. 

Williams began a life-long association with Dr. Pirkle and that would continue after they sold the Tri-State Sanitarium (later renamed Tri-State Hospital) to a group of doctors headed by Drs. Willis and Knighton.  He would remain on the staff of Tri-State Hospital until shortly before his death in 1947.  In his biography in the Centennial History of the Shreveport Medical Society, Williams is described as  having a “kindly disposition, pleasing personality, very retiring natures; devoted to his church, family and country”.

Location in Museum

Tri-State Sanitarium exhibt


Early 20th Century
  • Williams ca. 1940
  • Dr. Williams in his Cotton Street Office (according to Mary Ann Shaw)
  • T.E. Williams, Founder Tri-State Sanitarium
  • T.E. WIlliams medical student circle