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Dr. Richard Bayley
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Dr. Richard Bayley


orn in Connecticut of English and French ancestry, Richard Bayley was a brilliant physician, a scholarly researcher and skilled surgeon. He taught anatomy and surgery at King's College (now Columbia) but his greatest passion was as a practitioner serving the sick, especially the poor.

Dr. Bayley became the first Health Officer of the Port of New York. While caring for immigrant victims of yellow fever at the quarantine station near Tompkinsville, Staten Island, he contracted a fever and died in 1801. He is buried in St. Andrew's churchyard in Richmond Town, Staten Island.

Her father's death was one of Elizabeth Seton's greatest sorrows. They were kindred souls, sharing a delight in literature and music, and a deep compassion for the poor and suffering.

 

 

 

 

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