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Haywood, Richard Bennehan

by Thornton W. Mitchell, 1988

5 Nov. 1819–2 Jan. 1889

See also: Marshall De Lancey Haywood, son.

Photograph of Dr. Richard Bennehan Haywood. Photo courtesy of North Carolina Medical SocietyRichard Bennehan Haywood, physician and surgeon, was born in Raleigh, the son of Sherwood and Eleanor Hawkins Haywood. He was educated at the Raleigh Academy and in 1841 was graduated from The University of North Carolina. Haywood then entered the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia from which he was graduated in 1844.

Returning to Raleigh, he began to practice medicine, although he continued his studies in Europe in 1851. During the Civil War, Haywood was commissioned a surgeon, serving in the surgeon general's office in Raleigh and in the military hospitals in and around Richmond. Following the Battle of Bentonville and the approach of General William T. Sherman's army, he was one of a group of seven or eight persons who surrendered the city of Raleigh to the Union forces.

In 1849, Haywood was one of the founders of the North Carolina Medical Society, which he served as president in 1880–81. He also was president of the Wake County Board of Health and a member of the State Board of Medical Examiners. On 30 June 1868, Governor Jonathan Worth appointed him a director of the North Carolina Railroad on the part of the state; a year later, he was elected a director on the part of the private stockholders and remained in the position until his death. In addition, he served as a member of the board of trustees of the North Carolina Insane Asylum and as physician to the North Carolina Institution for the Deaf and Blind.

On 19 Nov. 1851, Haywood married Julia Ogden Hicks in New York City. They were the parents of ten children, two of whom died in infancy. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, with his wife and seven of their children.


Samuel A. Ashe, ed., Biographical History of North Carolina, vol. 6 (1907).

Hubert B. Haywood, Sr., Sketch of the Haywood Family in North Carolina (1956).

The City of Raleigh: Historical Sketches from Its Foundation (1887).

Additional Resources:

"Browse All : Richard Bennehan Haywood House (Raleigh, N.C.) of United States -- North Carolina -- Wake County -- Raleigh." North Carolina State University.,%20N.C.%29/where/United%20States%20--%20North%20Carolina%20--%20Wake%20County%20--%20Raleigh/ (accessed January 14, 2013).The Richard B. Haywood house in Raleigh, between 1935 and 1938. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. Image from the Library of Congress.

Richard B. Haywood to R. B.Craney, Feburary 20, 1885. Atlantic Hotel, Morehead City, N.C. : open from June first to October. E.M. Uzzell, Printer. 1885. 14-15.,15613 (accessed January 14, 2013).

Richard B. Haywood to W. H. Brooks, Dixon, IIIinois. Atlantic Hotel, Morehead City, N.C. : open from June first to October. E.M. Uzzell, Printer. 1885. 16.,15619 (accessed January 14, 2013).

"Richard Benneham Haywood house served as Yankee Headquarters." Raleigh News and Observer. December 5, 1961.

Image Credits:

Photograph of Dr. Richard Bennehan Haywood. Photo courtesy of North Carolina Medical Society

Johnston, Frances Benjamin. "Richard B. Haywood House, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina." Photograph. Between 1935 and 1938. Library of Congress. (accessed January 14, 2013).

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