- Susan Hamburger
Perrine, Henry (05 April 1797–07 August 1840), physician and botanist, was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the son of Peter Perrine and Sarah Rosengrant. As a young man he briefly taught school in nearby Rocky Hill, then studied medicine. Perrine moved to Ripley, Illinois, in September 1819 to practice medicine on the western frontier. While experimenting in 1821 with quinine and arsenic for treating ague and malaria, he accidentally poisoned himself; his weakened health could not withstand the rigors of the northern climate, and in 1823 he moved to Natchez, Mississippi, where he practiced medicine until 1827. Perrine had married Ann Fuller Townsend in 1822. When he moved to Natchez, he left his wife and their three children with her father in Sodus and, later, Palmyra, New York, returning north for occasional visits....