Mountain View


DR. DAVID PAUL CAMERON.-A very skilful dentist who has become a leader in his profession and is today one of the most distinguished representatives of the second dental college in the world, is Dr. David Paul Cameron, of 410 View Street, Mountain View, at which place, for practically one-quarter of a century, he has resided and practiced. He was born at Cincinnati on January 3, 1867, the son of Dr. J. G. Cameron, one of the first dentists in that city, and who, for forty years, was one of the ablest professional men there. Grandfather William Cameron was a farmer in Cecil County, Md., and lived upon a portion of a grant given to the Cameron family by Lord Baltimore, which grant has been in the Cameron family for 200 years. The Camerons may trace their ancestry back to noted Scotchmen of birth and honor, and this branch of the
Cameron family became prominent in the states of Maryland and Ohio.

David Paul Cameron grew up in Cincinnati and lived there until he was thirty years old educated in private schools and for a while attending the Chickering Institute, whose prescribed course of study he completed. He then studied dentistry under his father, and when only sixteen could fill teeth. After that he entered the Ohio Dental College at Cincinnati, the second oldest dental college in the world, of which his father was a trustee, while a brother, Dr. Otis L Cameron, was a lecturer there; and he was duly graduated from the college, with the class of '90. Thus favored with a complete course in dentistry, Dr.
Cameron opened a dental office in Cincinnati, and he practiced independently of his father, who remained eminent in that city for four decades. Upon the latter's death in 1892, our subject succeeded to his patronage, maintaining a suite of offices with his brother, Dr. Otis L. Cameron, who practiced medicine at 132 Garfield Place.

After a siege of double typhoid-pneumonia, when he hovered between life and death for 110 days with that dread malady, Dr. David P. Cameron came out to California in 1897, abandoning the extensive practice he had taken such pains to build up. Not only had his life been despaired of, but he had been reduced to a mere skeleton, and when he came to California, he was so weak that he could scarcely walk a block. He stopped for a while in Los Angeles, but not being content, he went to
San Francisco and began to pick up both strength and flesh; he weighed 108 pounds when he reached San Francisco; then he gained thirty-four pounds; after that he went back to 135 pounds, where he stood for two years, next he advanced to 170 pounds, and now for several years past his normal weight has been 160 pounds. As he grew stronger, he began to
look for a place to locate, and in 1898 good fortune directed him to Mountain View, where he has built up an enviable practice, with his office at his residence.

At Cincinnati in 1890, Dr. Cameron was married to Miss Florence Edith White, of Cincinnati, member of a prominent Southern family and a third cousin of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States; and their union has been blessed with three children: David Paul Cameron, Jr., was graduated from the Mountain View high school with the
class of '21, and he is now taking post-graduate work at the high school, and is the captain of the high school's football team; Otis Little is in first-year work at the high school; Joseph Gay is still at home. .

Transcribed by Joseph Kral from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page  817