Edward Augustus Holyoke

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Edward Augustus Holyoke

Birthplace: Marblehead, MA, United States
Death: March 31, 1829 (100)
Essex, MA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Augustus Holyoke and Margaret Holyoke
Husband of Judith Holyoke and Mary Holyoke
Father of Judith Holyoke
Brother of Margaret Holyoke; Mary Holyoke; Elizabeth Kneeland; John Holyoke; Anna Cutts and 2 others
Half brother of Elizabeth Holyoke; Elizabeth Holyoke and Mary Holyoke

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About Edward Augustus Holyoke


Edward Augustus Holyoke (August 1, 1728 – March 31, 1829) was an American educator and physician.


Born in Marblehead, Massachusetts, son of the Reverend Edward Holyoke, a former President of Harvard, Edward Augustus graduated from that college in 1746. He opened a medical practice in 1748 and practiced for 73 more years, until retiring in 1821. He died in 1829 at the age of 100, surpassing the average life expectancy of the time by fifty years (assuming one survived childhood, for there was an extremely high infant mortality rate during this time).

Holyoke was a charter member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, of which he was president from 1814 to 1820. He was a founder and president of the Massachusetts Medical Society as well, from 1782 to 1784 and from 1786 to 1788. The length of his service to the medical practice and his pioneering work in the advancement of smallpox vaccinations have been acknowledged. He died in Salem, Massachusetts at age 100.

Graduate of Harvard, charter member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was a founder of the MA Medical Society and did pioneering work in the advancement of the smallpox vaccine


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Edward Augustus Holyoke's Timeline

August 1, 1728
Marblehead, MA, United States
January 20, 1774
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
March 31, 1829
Age 100
Essex, MA, United States