Huntington, WV Black History

William K. Elliot Dr.


Dr. William K. Elliot was a longtime dentist in Huntington who achieved many firsts in West Virginia as a Black dentist.

Elliot was born in Huntington and graduated from Douglass High School. He received his college degrees and his dentistry degree from Howard University. He returned to Huntington and practiced dentistry for more than 60 years.

Elliot was the first Black member of the West Virginia Dental Association and the first Black member of the Huntington Dental Society. He served as president of the National Dental Association, the West Virginia Medical Society and the Capital City Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Society. He was a member of both St. Mary’s and Cabell Huntington Hospital staffs.

As a member of Young Chapel AME Church, Elliot served as a trustee, steward and on various church boards. In addition, he was affiliated with the Huntington Professional Men’s Club, The Chicago Dental Association, the West Virginia Association of Housing Authorities, the John Hereford Boys Clubs, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Barnett Center Board.

In 1982, when the first public housing, multi-family project to be built in Huntington in more than 40 years was constructed, it was named after Dr. Elliot.

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