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SYKES, James, physician, born near Dover, Delaware, 27 March, 1761; died there, 18 October, 1822. His father, James, held several offices in the state during and after the Revolution, and was a delegate to congress in 1777-'8. The son studied at Williams college, and afterward attended medical lectures at Philadelphia. After four years' practice at Cambridge, Maryland, he returned to Dover, where he became renowned as a surgeon. From 1814 till 1820 he resided in New York. He was often a member of the state senate, over which he presided for nearly fifteen years, and he was acting governor of Delaware in 1801-'2.
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