John Clinch

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Rev. Dr. John Clinch
Born January 9, 1749 (1749-01-09)
Cirencester, England
Died November 22, 1819 (1819-11-23) (aged 70)
Trinity, Newfoundland, British North America
Medical career
Profession clergyman, physician, poet

Rev. Dr. John Clinch (January 9, 1749 – November 22, 1819) was a clergyman-physician credited with being the first man to practice vaccination in North America.

He was born in Cirencester, England, one of twin children of Thomas Clinch of Bere Regis. In 1798 he gave the first smallpox vaccines at Trinity, Newfoundland.[1] Clinch had attended school in Cirencester with Edward Jenner and both had then studied medicine under John Hunter.[2] He died in 1819 in Trinity, Newfoundland.


  1. ^ Piercey, Terry (August 2002). "Plaque In Memory Of Rev. John Clinch". Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  2. ^ Jones, Frederick (2000). "Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online". University of Toronto/Université Laval. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 

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