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HERSEY, Ezekiel, physician, born in Hingham, Massachusetts, 21 September, 1709; died there, 9 December, 1770. He was graduated at Harvard in 1728. After studying medicine under Dr. Dalhoude, of Boston, he established himself in his native town. He bequeathed £1,000, and a similar sum at the death of his widow, for the support of a professor of anatomy and surgery at Harvard, and also left funds for the establishment of an academy at Hingham. --His brother, Abner, physician, born in Barnstable, Massachusetts, in 1722; died there in 1787, acquired some distinction in his profession. His will is one of the strangest documents on record, and the legislature was forced to put an end to his scheme for perpetuating his estate. He added £500 to the fund left by his brother to Harvard. He railed at people and at the fashion of the time, and wore a coat made of seven tanned calf-skins.
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