Oakes, William, 1799-1848

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Oakes (Harvard, B.A. 1820) practiced law in Ipswich, Mass. Later he described the flora of the White Mountains for a geological survey report on New Hampshire.

From the description of Letters to James Watson Robbins, 1827-1847 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 40961364

William Oakes (1799-1848), botanist, of Ipswich, Mass., was born in Danvers, Mass., on 1 July 1799. He graduated from Harvard in 1820 and studied law with Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845), of Salem, Mass. Oakes took an interest in botany while he was a student, and eventually devoted himself entirely to the subject. He was particularly interested in the region of the White Mountains. He was drowned on a ferry boat at Boston, Mass., on 31 July 1848.

From the description of Correspondence, 1823-1848. (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 191259574

William Oakes was born on July 1, 1799. He entered Harvard in 1816 and developed a strong interest in natural history under the tutelage of William Peck. After graduating from Harvard in 1820, Oakes studied law for three years. In 1824 he moved to Ipswich, Mass., and began to practice law. A few years later he gave up law and devoted himself to the study of natural history, particularly that of New England. In 1842 he was asked to write a brief description of the flora of the White Mountains for a geological survey report on New Hampshire, and he expended much energy on this project for the rest of his life. He died on July 31, 1848, when he fell off a ferry between Boston and East Boston and drowned.

From the guide to the Letters to James Watson Robbins, 1827-1847, (Gray Herbarium Library)

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correspondedWith C. U. Shepard person
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associatedWith Edison, Thomas A., (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931 person
associatedWith Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955 person
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associatedWith Genth, F. A., (Frederick Augustus), 1820-1893 person
correspondedWith Gray, Asa person
associatedWith Gray, Asa, 1810-1888. person
associatedWith Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872 person
associatedWith Harding, Warren G. person
associatedWith Harris, Thaddeus William, 1795-1856. person
correspondedWith James Watson Robbins person
correspondedWith J. W. Robbins person
associatedWith Newcomb, Simon person
associatedWith Newton, Isaac, Sir, 1642-1727 person
associatedWith Nichols, George, 1809-1882 person
correspondedWith Oakes, William person
associatedWith Poinsett, Joel Roberts, 1779-1851 person
associatedWith Rittenhouse, David, 1732-1796 person
associatedWith Robbins, James Watson, 1801-1879. person
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associatedWith Seybert, Adam, 1773-1825 person
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correspondedWith Walter Deane person
associatedWith Waterton, Charles, 1782-1865 person
associatedWith Wayne, Anthony person
associatedWith Weygandt, Cornelius, 1871-1957. person
correspondedWith William Oakes person
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