Bendire, Charles, 1836-1897

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Honorary curator of the Department of Oology, Smithsonian Institution; author of Life Histories of North American Birds (1892-1895).

From the description of Letters : to J.L. Davison, 1890-1893. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63936585

Ornithologist and U.S. Army officer. Full name: Charles Emil Bendire.

From the description of Charles Bendire papers, 1874-1919 (bulk 1884-1896). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82551819

Charles Emil Bendire (1836-1897) was an Army surgeon and ornithologist. He was born on April 27, 1836, in Koenig im Odenwald, in the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt. He and his brother sailed for New York in 1853. He enlisted at the age of eighteen into the army, and served for five years as a private and corporal. After taking a year off, he returned in 1860 to the 4th Cavalry, serving as private, corporal, sergeant, and hospital steward, eventually rising to the rank of captain in 1873. After moving to Idaho between 1868 and 1871, he became interested in the natural sciences. He began the systematic study and collection of objects of natural history, and was a successful zoologist, focusing specifically on the identification of bird eggs. He served as honorary curator of the Department of Birds' Eggs, United States National Museum, from 1884 until his death. Bendire was the author of two volumes of Life Histories of North American Birds, published by the Smithsonian Institution. He died on February 4, 1897.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Field Book Project: Person : Description : rid_453_pid_EACP450

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referencedIn Winfrid Alden Stearns Papers, 1871-1906 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Bendire, Charles, 1836-1897. Letters : to J.L. Davison, 1890-1893. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Ridgway, Robert, 1850-1929. [Ornithological papers / Ridgway] The Field Museum Library, The Field Museum of Natural History
creatorOf Bendire, Charles, 1836-1897. Charles Bendire papers, 1874-1919 (bulk 1884-1896). Library of Congress
creatorOf Robinson, Wirt, b. 1864. Letters. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
creatorOf Charles Bendire Papers, 1874-1919, (bulk 1874-1919) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn William B. Provine collection of evolutionary biology reprints, 20th century. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
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correspondedWith Barlow, Chester, d. 1902 person
correspondedWith Cockerell, Theodore D. A. (Dru Alison), 1866-1948 person
associatedWith Davison, J. L. person
correspondedWith Grinnell, George Bird, 1849-1938 person
correspondedWith Johnson, Walter Adams person
correspondedWith McIlhenny, Edward Avery, 1872-1949 person
correspondedWith Merriam, C. Hart (Clinton Hart), 1855-1942 person
associatedWith National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Poling, Otho C. person
correspondedWith Provine, William B. person
correspondedWith Ralph, William S. person
associatedWith Ridgway, Robert, 1850-1929 person
associatedWith Robinson, Wirt, b. 1864. person
correspondedWith Seton, Ernest Thompson, 1860-1946 person
associatedWith Stearns, Winfrid Alden, 1852-1909 person
correspondedWith Taylor, Henry K. person
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Natural history
Ornithology--Study and teaching
Army officers


Birth 1836-04-27

Death 1897-02-04





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