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Fenner, Erasmus Darwinlocked

(1807–04 May 1866)
  • John Duffy


Fenner, Erasmus Darwin (1807–04 May 1866), medical editor and educator, was born in Louisburg, North Carolina, the son of Richard Fenner, a revolutionary war veteran and physician. (His mother’s name was unknown.) He was privately educated, and, after his family moved to Tennessee, he studied medicine for two years under his elder brother, Dr. Robert Fenner. He then entered the University of Transylvania, graduating with an M.D. degree in 1830. While practicing medicine with his brother in Tennessee, he married Annie Callier. The couple had one child. Deciding to strike out on his own, he moved to Clinton, Mississippi, in 1833. The death of his wife in 1837 and financial problems led him to move to New Orleans in 1841. Conscious of the backwardness of medical publications in the South, he and another young physician, Dr. Abner Hester, in 1844 published the first issues of the ...

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