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Peter Hennis

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Peter Hennis (1802-1833), Physician who was prominent in the 1832 Cholera outbreak.

Born in Youghal, County Cork, Ireland.

1825 Graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Doctor of Medicine.

1830 Moved to Exeter and became a physician at the Dispensary, Exeter.

During the city's cholera outbreak in 1832, he was appointed medical officer to the poorest South District of the city where he gained a reputation for kindness and hard work.

In May 1833, Hennis had a disagreement with Sir John Jeffcott which resulted in a duel with pistols on 10 May. Hennis later died on 18 May 1833 from his wounds. Following his death, the people of Exeter were outraged. Two hundred and fifty dignitaries attended his funeral service at the Cathedral and 20,000 citizens lined the route to St Sidwell’s Church where he was interred, such was the depth of feeling toward him.

Buried in St. Sidwell's Church, Exeter

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