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SAYRES, Edward Smith, consul, born in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, 6 October, 1799" died in Philadelphia, 29 March, 1877. His father, Caleb Smith Sayres, was distinguished physician, who is mentioned by Dr. Benjamin Rush as being particularly skilful in the treatment of yellow fever during the epidemic of 1798. The son was educated at the University of Pennsylvania. He was appointed vice-consul of Brazil in 1841, of Portugal in 1850, of Sweden and Norway in 1854, of Denmark in 1862, and in 1872 honorary consul of Brazil for long and faithful services to the empire. He was at the time of his death dean of the consular corps at Philadelphia, and probably the oldest foreign consul in point of service in the United States.
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