Nagib T. Abdou
Dr. Nagib Tannous Abdou was born in Beskounta, located in modern-day Lebanon, on February 10, 1876. Around 1892, he left the Levant for South America. Initially educated in French institutions in Beirut, he sought a medical degree after immigration, receiving his M.D. Laval University in Montreal, Canada in 1900; at some point soon after he moved to the United States and began working as a physician. He held various civil positions: in his 1908 volume Dr. Abdou's Travels in America and Commercial Directory of the Arabic Speaking People of the World, he mentions having worked as a United States Medical Officer. In 1904 he worked for Immigration Service in New Orleans. The United States Register of Civil, Military, and Naval Service lists him as working as an interpreter for Immigraiton Service in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, in 1905. In the late 1910s, Abdou worked for the State of New York’s Department of Health Officer of the Port of New York as an assistant medical officer, a position which he resigned from on January 15, 1919. In addition to his writing and civil positions, Abdou worked as a private physician on Greenwich Street, near Manhattan’s Syrian Colony.
Much of Abdou’s family remained in their native town of Beskounta. The Abdou siblings appear to have been well-educated and successful in Lebanon: his brothers Joseph and Habib worked in machine manufacturing in Beskoutna while their sister Asma was manager and head of a Greek Catholic School in Khunshara. Despite settling permanently in the United States, Abdou remained connected to his family—the travels which provided the basis for his 1908 book were undertaken with his father, Tannous Abdou. Sometime before the 1920 census, Nagib Abdou married an Irish immigrant named Anna. Little is known about Abdou after 1922.
Scope and contents
This collection contains pdf scans of the two known works published by Abdou.
- Nagib T. Abdou