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Abdurahman, Abdullah (1872–1940), political leader and physician, was born on 18 December 1872 in Wellington, a country town in south-western Cape Colony, the eldest son of the nine children of Abdul Arraman (also known as Rahman), small trader and civic figure, who was a patron of ...

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Asher, Asher (1837–1889), physician and community worker, was born on 16 February 1837 in Glasgow, the first son of Philip Asher, son of Rabbi Zev Wolf of Lublin, and his wife, Hannah, a native of the Netherlands. From an early age he was an assiduous scholar of Jewish and secular subjects, winning prizes at ...

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Barrow, Samuel (1625?–1683), physician and lawyer of the army, was the eldest of the seven children of Samuel Barrow, a lawyer of Burwell, in Cambridgeshire, and his wife, Judith, daughter of George FitzGeffrey of Bedford. Although the exact date and place of his birth are not known, the ...

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Josiah Bartlett (1729–1795) by John Trumbull, 1790 New Hampshire Historical Society

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Bartlett, Josiah (1729–1795), physician and revolutionary politician in America, was born on 21 November 1729 in Amesbury, Massachusetts, the seventh and youngest child of Stephen Bartlett, a shoemaker, and his wife, Hannah Webster. Josiah had little schooling before being apprenticed to a relative, ...

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Bentham, Ethel (1861–1931), physician and politician, was born on 5 January 1861 at 82 King William Street, City of London, one of at least two daughters of William Bentham, an inspector and later general manager of the Standard Life Assurance Company, and his wife, ...

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Brooke, Humphrey (bap. 1618, d. 1693), physician and Leveller, was baptized on 29 March 1618 at St Mary Woolnoth, London, the son of Robert Brooke, gentleman, of London. He attended Merchant Taylors' School from 1632 to 1636, and matriculated from St John's College, Oxford...

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Burke, Thomas (c. 1744–1783), physician and politician in America, was born in co. Galway, Ireland. He was the son of Ulick Burke, a man of some education and of an Anglo-Irish protestant family that had lived in Ireland since the time of Henry II...

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Cameron, Archibald (1707–1753), physician and Jacobite conspirator, was the fourth son of John Cameron (c.1663–1748), laird of Lochiel, and his wife, Isabel, daughter of Alexander Campbell of Lochnell, and the younger brother of Donald Cameron of Lochiel, who took a prominent part in the Jacobite rising of 1745. ...

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Colladon, Sir John [Jean] (1608–1675), physician and political agent, was born on 19 March 1608 in the republic of Geneva, the son of Esaïe Colladon (1562–1611), professor of philosophy at the Geneva Academy, and his wife, Marie, daughter of Antoine Chauve, a minister in the ...

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Elisha Cooke (1678–1737) by N. Byfield, 1713 photography courtesy Peabody Essex Museum

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Cooke, Elisha (1678–1737), politician and physician in America, was born on 20 December 1678 in Boston, Massachusetts, the only son of Elisha Cooke (1637–1715), also a physician and a long-time leader of the puritan or anti-prerogative faction in Massachusetts, and Elizabeth (1651–1715), daughter of ...

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Dadoo, Yusuf Mohamed (1909–1983), medical practitioner and politician in South Africa, was born in Krugersdorp, Transvaal, on 5 September 1909, one of five children of Mohamed Dadoo, a merchant originally from Kholvad in Gujarat, India, and Fatima Wadee. In the Transvaal Indians could not vote or own property except within segregated areas. ...

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Drennan, William (1754–1820), physician, poet, and political reformer, was born in Belfast on 23 May 1754, the child of the Revd Thomas Drennan (1696–1768) and his wife, Anne, née Lennox (1719–1806). Of Thomas Drennan, the minister of Belfast's First Presbyterian Congregation...

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Elliott, John (d. 1690/91), physician and Jacobite sympathizer, is of unknown origin. He first appears in the records when he was created MD by the king's command at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, in 1681; he was incorporated MD at Oxford on 11 July 1683. ...

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Fergusson, William (1795?–1846), physician and colonial governor, was born in Jamaica, the son of a Scottish father and a mother of African descent. His date of birth is derived from a tablet erected in his memory in Jamaica, which gives his age at death as fifty-one. He studied medicine at ...

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Sir John Finch (1626–1682) by Sir Peter Lely by kind permission of the Master, Fellows, and Scholars of Christ's College, Cambridge

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Finch, Sir John (1626–1682), physician and diplomat, was the fourth of the seven children, and the youngest son, of Sir Heneage Finch (1580–1631), and his first wife, Frances, daughter of Sir Edmund Bell. His mother died in 1627. His father, speaker of the ...

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Balthazar Walter Foster, first Baron Ilkeston (1840–1913) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1897 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Foster, Balthazar Walter, first Baron Ilkeston (1840–1913), physician and politician, was born on 17 July 1840 in Cambridge, the son of Balthazar Foster (1813–1862) of Beaulieu, Hampshire, and his wife, Marian (d. 1898), daughter of J. Green of Cambridge. His parents moved to ...