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The Biographical Histories page is an effort by the Maury County Historical Society to enhance the historical knowledge about Maury Countians and the individuals of surrounding Middle Tennessee to all having an interest, and as such, with this page we are breaking new ground.

Submissions Are Being Accepted. Be The Second To Submit! We have a winner for the first submission, thanks to Colleen Farrell for being the first.

These are short biographical histories submitted by individuals with Maury County roots. Submitted biographical histories may be (1) printed in our Historic Maury quarterly, or (2) included as part of the content of this page as space permits, depending on editorial decisions of the Historic Maury Editor.

The Historic Maury Editor reserves the right to edit all submissions for spelling, punctuation, and grammatical structure and to revise appropriately based on publication guidelines. Biographies will be selected based upon general historical and genealogical interest, and should focus on Maury County and surrounding Middle Tennessee and their associated individuals. The Historic Maury Editor encourages submissions for publication, and not only welcomes, but encourages, advance inquiries and consultation on proposed submissions for publication. Preferred submission is an electronic format (Microsoft Word or OpenOffice word processing document).

Submissions should be forwarded to:

webmaster@historicmaury.com with subject line as follows:

Subject: Biographical History – VP for Publications.

or via U.S. Postal Service

Maury County Historical Society

ATTN: VP for Publications

P.O. Box 147

Columbia, TN 38402-0147


Biographical History – Marion Dorset: American Biochemist

by Colleen Farrell     

     Marion Dorset was born in Maury County, Tennessee, on December 14, 1872, to Walter Claggett Dorset and Jane Mayes Arnell. His grandfather, Thomas J. Dorset, was the first Dorset family to settle in Maury County. Thomas had once come from Maryland to visit his aunt, Jane Dorset Greenfield, at her home Arkland, which later became the Dorset home. He was from a staunch and prominent Episcopalian home, and his family became upset when he fell in love with the Methodist neighbor’s daughter. His parents did not reconcile to the marriage, and as the story goes, offered him $2,000 to move away. Thus Thomas J. moved from Maryland to Maury County with his bride. Their son, Dr. Walter Claggett Dorset, married Jane Mayes Arnell, a descendant of the Mayes-Frierson families who settled in the canebrakes around Zion Church in the early days of Maury County. Their son, Marion Dorset, was destined to become a renowned biochemist who helped save the hog industry in the United States.

     For the rest of Dr. Marion Dorset’s remarkable life story, click on the following link: Marion Dorset: American Biochemist. You will, however, need to have a PDF reader application installed on your system, e.g., Adobe Reader X (Windows and Mac systems), PDF Reader by Nuance (Windows systems), Foxit Reader (Windows systems), etc.

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