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YATES, William, philanthropist, born in Sapper-ton, near Burton-on-Trent, England, in 1767: died in Norris, Otsego County, New York, 7 March, 1857. He studied medicine under Sir James Earle and Dr. John Abernethy, was surgeon in St. Bartholomew's hospital, London, and in 1790, having inherited an ample fortune, returned to his home. With the purpose of treating and curing lunatics, he built, at Burton-on-Trent, a house which he conducted for several years at his own expense, where he treated with great success a large number of insane paupers. This benevolent effort cost him about $35,000. He emigrated to Philadelphia in 1799, and immediately on his arrival engaged with great zeal in the dissemination of the knowledge of Dr. Edward Jenner's discovery of vaccination. He purchased an estate in Butternuts, Otsego County, New York, and resided there till his death.
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