Cornelius N. Dorsette, MD

Cornelius Dorsette.

Cornelius Nathaniel Dorsette, a member of the class of 1882, was the second African American to receive a degree from UB.

He was Booker T. Washington's physician and often was mentioned by Washington in speeches as an example of black perseverance and initiative.

Born into slavery in North Carolina, Dorsette was separated from his mother at two months of age. He was raised by his grandmother and graduated from the Hampton Institute in 1878.

Failing health forced him to resign from the Medical College at Syracuse. After regaining his health and being rejected by the University Medical College of New York City because of his race, he came to UB and completed his degree.

He helped organize the National Medical Association for black physicians and was a trustee at Tuskegee Institute.