Parry, C. C. (Charles Christopher), 1823-1890

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Botanist and physician. Parry was born in Admington, Gloucestershire, England on August 28, 1823. When he was nine years old, his family moved from England to Washington County, New York. Parry earned an A.B. degree from Union College in 1842, then attended Columbia College as a graduate student, falling under the influence there of the botanist John Torrey. Earning an M.D. degree from Columbia in 1846, Parry settled in Davenport, Iowa, the same year and established a medical practice. Botanical studies rather than medicine proved to be his main interest, however. Parry served under David Dale Owen in 1848 in the geological survey of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. In 1849 he was appointed botanist to the United States-Mexican boundary survey and worked in this capacity for three years. For the rest of his life, Parry spent his summers in botanical expeditions in western states like Colorado, Utah, and California, on his own or as botanist to an organized survey. He was the first person to hold the position of botanist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, spending the years 1869-1871 at the Smithsonian Institution. Parry published his botanical papers in a wide variety of scientific journals and newspapers. In 1853 he married Sarah M. Dalzell, who died in 1858. The next year he married Emily R. Preston, who survived him. Parry died in his home in Davenport on February 20, 1890. Parry's herbarium and many of his personal papers and books were purchased by Iowa State University in 1894.

From the description of Papers, 1841-1943. (Iowa State University). WorldCat record id: 32170555

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referencedIn Emory, William H. (William Hemsley), 1811-1887. William Hemsley Emory papers, 1823-1886. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Nevin, J. C. Letter, Los Angeles, to J[ames] M[iller] Guinn, 1890 June 6. Natural History Museum Los Angeles County Foundation, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
creatorOf Joly, Charles Jasper, 1864-1906. Letter to [Charles Christopher Parry]. Paris, France. 1883 Dec. 14. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn William Hemsley Emory papers, 1823-1886 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Orcutt, Charles Russell, 1864-1929. Papers of Charles Russell Orcutt, 1882-1899. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf White, James, 1837-1927. James White letter to his brother, Joshua H. White : Callville, Nevada, 1867 September 26. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Parry, Charles Christopher, 1823-1890. Correspondence : Parry and Torrey, 1846-1868. New York Botanical Garden, The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
referencedIn Letters to Thomas Morong, 1874-1888 Botany Libraries
referencedIn Torrey, John, 1796-1873. Correspondence : Torrey and Engelmann, 1844-1873. Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter H Raven Library
creatorOf Records of the U.S. Geological Survey. 1839 - 2008. Personal Letters Received
referencedIn Douglas, Julia Brewster, d. 1935. Letter, 1934 July 14, Evergreen, Colo. to Ina T. Aulls, Public Library, Denver, Colo. Denver Public Library, Central Library
creatorOf Parry, C. C. (Charles Christopher), 1823-1890. Letters to Charles Edwin Bessey. Davenport, IA. 1872-1889. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Ellis, Erl H. Lake Osborn problem : C.C. Parry : type loc., yellow pond lily. Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter H Raven Library
creatorOf Parry, Charles Christopher, 1823-1890. Correspondence : Parry and Engelmann, 1851-1884. Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter H Raven Library
referencedIn Eaton, Daniel Cady, 1834-1895. Daniel Cady Eaton (1834-1895) papers, 1854-1897 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Parry, C. C. (Charles Christopher), 1823-1890. [Papers on botany]. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Parry, C. C. (Charles Christopher), 1823-1890. Papers, 1841-1943. Iowa State University, Parks Library
referencedIn Eaton, Daniel Cady, 1834-1895. Papers, 1854-1897 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn LeConte, John L. (John Lawrence), 1825-1883. Papers, 1812-1897 American Philosophical Society
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associatedWith Bessey, Charles E. (Charles Edwin), 1845-1915, person
associatedWith Douglas, Julia Brewster, d. 1935. person
associatedWith Eaton, Daniel Cady, 1834-1895. person
associatedWith Eigenmann, Rosa Smith, 1858-1947. person
associatedWith Ellis, Erl H. person
associatedWith Emory, William H. (William Hemsley), 1811-1887. person
associatedWith Engelmann, George, 1809-1884. person
associatedWith Gray, Asa, 1810-1888. person
associatedWith James, Edwin. person
associatedWith Joly, Charles Jasper, 1864-1906. person
associatedWith Kellogg, Albert, 1813-1887. person
associatedWith LeConte, John L., (John Lawrence), 1825-1883 person
associatedWith Nevin, J. C. person
associatedWith Orcutt, Charles Russell, 1864-1929. person
associatedWith Owen, David Dale, 1807-1860. person
associatedWith Parrish, S. B. person
associatedWith Parry, Emily R. person
associatedWith Randall, A. person
associatedWith Schott, Arthur, 1814-1875. person
associatedWith Torrey, John, 1796-1873. person
associatedWith United States and Mexican Boundary Survey. corporateBody
associatedWith United States and Mexican Boundary Survey (1848-1855) corporateBody
associatedWith United States National Museum. Division of Plants corporateBody
associatedWith Watson, Sereno, 1826-1892. person
associatedWith White, James, 1837-1927. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Rocky Mountain Region
Southwest, New
West (U.S.)
Rocky Mountain Region
West (U.S.)
United States
Southwest, New
Mexican-American Border Region
Mexico
Subject
Plants
Scientific expeditions
Botany
Botanists
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Activity

Person

Birth 1823-08-28

Death 1890-02-20

English

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