Rothrock, Joseph T., 1839-1922

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Joseph T. Rothrock was a physician, botanist, and forester. He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1877.

From the description of Letters, 1878-1884, to Eli K. Price. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 122608845

Joseph T. Rothrock was a physician, botanist, and forester; he was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1877.

From the guide to the Joseph T. Rothrock letters, 1878-1884, to Eli K. Price, 1878-1884, (American Philosophical Society)

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Botanist and surgeon on Wheeler Expedition (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) 1873-1876; professor of botany University of Pennsylvania (active 1877-1891); Michaux forestry lecturer (1877-1891); author, "Vacation Cruising in Chesapeake and Delaware Bays," 1894; appt. to state forestry commission 1893; 1st president of Chester County Historical Society 1893; appt. state commissioner of forestry 1895; head of newly created state forestry dept. 1901-1904; founded open-air camp for treatment of tuberculosis (Mt. Alto, Pa. 1902).

From the description of Papers, 1855-1954. (Chester County Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 21063182

Joseph Trimble Rothrock was born on 9 April 1839 in McVeytown, Pennsylvania, United States. He studied botany at Harvard University, graduating in 1862. From 1862 to 1864, he served with the Union Army, seeing action at Antietam and Fredericksburg where he was seriously wounded. He was appointed botanist on the US Western Union Telegraph Expedition (Alaskan Division), 1865-1867 (leader Robert Kennicott), sent by the Western Union Telegraph Company to survey a route for, and to construct, a telegraph line through Alaska by way of Yukon River and Seward Peninsula, in connection with plans to establish a telegraph link between the United States and Europe across the Bering Strait.

On his return in 1867, Rothrock was appointed professor of botany at Pennsylvania State Agricultural College and the following year received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, later holding the chair of botany at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1895, Rothrock became Pennsylvania's first commissioner of forestry, founding the Pennsylvania State Forestry Academy at Mont Alto in 1903. Resigning as a commissioner in 1904 and from the State Forestry Commission in 1914, he died on 2 June 1922 in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

From the guide to the Joseph Rothrock collection, 1865, (Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge)

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creatorOf Rothrock, Joseph T., 1839-1922. Papers, 1855-1954. Chester County Historical Society Library
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIf, 1866-1886 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Rothrock, Joseph T., 1839-1922. Letters, 1878-1884, to Eli K. Price. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIh, 1892-1896 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Furness, Horace Howard, 1833-1912,. Autograph letters signed and initialled from Horace Howard Furness, Wallingford and Philadelphia, to various recipients [manuscript], 1863-1912. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Rothrock, Joseph T., 1839-1922. Joseph T. Rothrock letter to E.O.S. Scholefield, Provincial Librarian and Archivist, British Columbia : West Chester, Pa. : typescript, 1913 January 11. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Asa Gray papers, 1838-1887, 1838-1887 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Joseph Rothrock collection, 1865 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn Robert Kennicott collection, 1865 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIi, 1897 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Pennsylvania Forestry Association. Pennsylvania Forestry Association records, 1880-2007. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Welsh, Herbert, 1851-1941. Correspondence, on the Miles report, 1903. University of Michigan
creatorOf Joseph Rothrock collection, 1865 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn Dock, Mira Lloyd, 1853-1945. Mira Lloyd Dock papers, 1814-1951 (bulk 1899-1945). Library of Congress
referencedIn American Philosophical Society. Letters Of Scientists.
referencedIn Henry Bannister collection, 1865-1866 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn Henry Elliott collection, 1866 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIj, 1898-1988 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn William Dall collection, 1864-1866 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIg, 1887-1891 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Dock, Mira Lloyd, 1853-1945. Mira Lloyd Dock papers, 1814-1951 (bulk 1899-1945). Library of Congress
referencedIn Goddard, David Rockwell, 1908-1985. Papers, 1940-1981. University of Pennsylvania, Archives & Records Center
creatorOf Joseph T. Rothrock letters, 1878-1884, to Eli K. Price, 1878-1884 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 26: Office Of The Secretary, Incoming Corres..
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 33: Office Of The Secretary, Outgoing Corres..
referencedIn Mira Lloyd Dock Papers, 1814-1951, (bulk 1899-1945) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Francois André Michaux papers, 1802-1911, 1802-1911 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 52: Assistant Secretary, Incoming Correspondenc.
referencedIn Charles Bulkley collection, 1864-1867 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn Gray, Asa, 1810-1888. Papers, 1838-1887. American Philosophical Society Library
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associatedWith American Philosophical Society. corporateBody
correspondedWith Baird, Spencer F. person
correspondedWith Blanche, Emmanuel (Dr.) person
associatedWith Bulkley Charles person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
associatedWith Dall William Healy 1845-1927 person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Dock, Mira Lloyd, 1853-1945. person
associatedWith Elliott, Henry person
associatedWith Elliott William Henry 1846-1930 person
associatedWith Fernow, Bernhard E., 1851-1923. person
correspondedWith Furness, Horace Howard, 1833-1912, person
associatedWith Goddard, David Rockwell, 1908-1985. person
associatedWith Gray, Asa, 1810-1888. person
correspondedWith Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 person
associatedWith Henry Martyn Bannister person
associatedWith Henshaw, Henry W., 1850-1930. person
associatedWith Kellogg, A., Dr. person
associatedWith Kennicott, Robert person
associatedWith Kennicott, Robert person
correspondedWith Leidy, Joseph person
correspondedWith Macauley, Daniel person
associatedWith May, Addison, 1811-1892. person
associatedWith Michaux, Francois André, 1770-1855 person
associatedWith Millspaugh, Charles Frederick, 1854-1923. person
associatedWith Pennsylvania Forestry Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946. person
associatedWith Price, Eli K., 1797-1884. person
associatedWith Rothrock Joseph Trimble 1839-1922 person
associatedWith Sargent, Charles Sprague, 1841-1927. person
correspondedWith Torrey, John person
associatedWith University of Pennsylvania. corporateBody
associatedWith Welsh, Herbert, 1851-1941. person
associatedWith Western Union Telegraph Company corporateBody
associatedWith Western Union Telegraph Expedition (1865-1867) corporateBody
associatedWith Western Union Telegraph Expedition (1865-1867) corporateBody
associatedWith Wheeler, George Montague person
associatedWith William Healy Dall person
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Ethnology Archaeology Anthropology
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Forests and forestry--History--1893-1922
Botany--Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.)
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Birth 1839-04-09

Death 1922-06-02

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