Rev. Dr. John Clinch
January 9, 1749 (1749-01-09), Cirencester, England
November 22, 1819 (1819-11-23) (aged 70), Trinity, Newfoundland, British North America
clergyman, physician, poet
Rev. Dr. John Clinch (January 9, 1749 - November 22, 1819) was a clergyman-physician credited with being the first man to practise vaccination in North America.
He was born in Cirencester, England, one of twin children of Thomas Clinch of Bere Regis. In 1798 he gave the first vaccinations against smallpox at Trinity, Newfoundland. Clinch had attended school in Cirencester with Edward Jenner and both had then studied medicine under John Hunter. He died in 1819 in Trinity, Newfoundland and Labrador.