Nuttall, Thomas, 1786-1859

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Birth 1786-01-05
Death 1859-09-10

Biographical notes:

Naturalist, of England; explorer and writer on plants, birds, and other native species in North America; surname spelled variously.

From the description of Note from Thomas Nuttale, probably to a Professor Terry, 1838. (New London County Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 222009131

Zaccheus Collins was a merchant and botanist.

From the guide to the Zaccheus Collins botanical correspondence, 1805-1827, 1805-1827, (American Philosophical Society)

Naturalist Thomas Nuttall was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1817.

From the guide to the Thomas Nuttall diary, 1810, 1810, (American Philosophical Society)

Thomas Nuttall was a naturalist and was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1817.

From the description of Diary, 1810. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 122540070

Physician Joseph Carson taught medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The College of Philadelphia's Medical School, founded in 1765, became known as the University of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Medicine In 1779.

From the guide to the Joseph Carson letters, 1789-1858, 1789-1858, (American Philosophical Society)

Thomas Nuttall was born on Jan. 5, 1786, in Long Preston, Yorkshire, England. He made many plant collecting trips during his life and wrote a number of books. He was the curator of the botanic garden and lecturer of natural history at Harvard for 12 years. He died in England in 1859.

From the description of Papers of Thomas Nuttall. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 175317090


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