Julio J. Henna

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Dr. José Julio Henna Pérez
Born 24 May 1848
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Died 2 February 1924
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Nationality Puerto Rican
Education Columbia University
Years active 1872 - 1924
Known for Co-founder of the New York City French Hospital,
Co-founder of the Puerto Rico section of the Cuban Revolutionary Party in New York
Medical career
Profession Physician
Institutions New York City French Hospital, Bellevue Hospital.

Julio J. Henna was a Puerto Rican physician and political figure. Henna participated in the founding of the Puerto Rico Section of the Cuban Revolutionary Party in New York. He later supported the annexation of Puerto Rico to the United States.[1]

Early years[edit]

Jose Julio Henna Perez[2] was born at 24 Isabel street in Ponce, Puerto Rico,[1] on 24 May 1848.[3] His parents were Jose Henna Darricot - an Englishman - and Maria del Rosario Perez y Garcia, a Puerto Rican member of the privileged upper class.[3]

Political incursion[edit]

When he was twenty years old, Henna designed a plan to liberate Puerto Rico from Spanish colonialism. The plan failed when the authorities discovered it and he was jailed as a result. However, he was set free through the general amnesty which followed the Spanish revolution, which also ended the reign of Queen Isabel II. In spite of this, in 1869 General Sanz stated to Henna that it would be best if he left the Island. Henna moved to New York and studied medicine at Columbia University, earning his medical degree on 23 February 1872.[4] From New York, Henna continued to support the cause of independence for Puerto Rico.[5]

Career[edit]

In 1880, Henna founded, together with Drs. Chauveau, Deberceau, Muvial, and Ferrer, the New York City French Hospital at 330 West 30th street.[6] He became medical director of the institution and was a member of the medical faculty at Bellevue Hospital.[6]

Death[edit]

Henna died in Ponce on 2 February 1924.[7]

Legacy[edit]

A street in the town of Ponce is named after Dr. Julio H. Henna. It intersects Calle Dr. Biaggi, in the Extension Mariani sector of Barrio Canas Urbano.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Encyclopedia Puerto Rico.
  2. ^ From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York City. Virginia Sánchez Korrol. Page 67. University of California Press. 1983. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b Lorenzo A. Balasquide. Medicos Notables del Antaño Ponceño. Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 1984. Page 39.
  4. ^ Lorenzo A. Balasquide. Medicos Notables del Antaño Ponceño. Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 1984. Page 40.
  5. ^ Las Fiestas Populares de Ponce y La Villa de Ponce. Ramon Marin. 1875. Ponce, Puerto Rico: Imprenta El Vapor. 72 pages. (Reprinted September 1994. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. 281 pages. Page 15.[Socorro Girón. "Ramon Marin y su Tiempo." (foreword)]) Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  6. ^ a b Lorenzo A. Balasquide. Medicos Notables del Antaño Ponceño. Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 1984. Page 41.
  7. ^ a b Lorenzo A. Balasquide. Medicos Notables del Antaño Ponceño. Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 1984. Page 42.

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