Pringle, Cyrus G. (Cyrus Guernsey), 1838-1911

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Cyrus G. Pringle (1838-1911) was an American botanist who spent his career cataloging the plants of North America, especially in Mexico. He was born on May 6, 1838 in East Charlotte, Vermont. He enrolled at the University of Vermont but had to leave after a semester when his older brother died, so he could run the farm. He did fight in the Civil War, but was discharged after a short time. He went back to the farm and continued his work as a plant breeder where experimented with crops such as corn, fruit trees, and potatoes. He discovered 1,200 new species, 100 new varieties, and 29 new genera. In 1880, he became a botanical collector at the American Museum of Natural History. He was also an agent for the U.S. Census Bureau, in which he explored the forests of New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New England. The University of Vermont and Middlebury College gave him honorary master's and doctorate degrees for his botanical contributions. He died on May 25, 1911.

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referencedIn Robertson, Colin Charles, 1884-1946. Tour of C. C. R. across the American continent [diary], 1906 June-October. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Norton, John W. (John Wright), 1839-1900. John W. Norton letters, 1894-1900. Vermont Historical Society
referencedIn Smith, Martha V., 1858-1952. Vermont history and biography collection, 1926-1930s. Vermont Historical Society
referencedIn Robertson, Colin Charles, 1884-1946. Photographs of scenes in Mexico, 1906. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Davenport, Geo. E. (George Edward), 1833-1907. Papers of George Edward Davenport, 1872-1907 (inclusive). Harvard University, Gray Herbarium
referencedIn Morong, Thomas, 1827-1894. Letter to Thomas Morong, 1874-1888 (inclusive). Harvard University, Botany Libraries
referencedIn Administrative correspondence of the Gray Herbarium and Harvard University Herbaria, 1890-2019, bulk 1890-1955 Harvard University, Gray Herbarium
referencedIn Harvard University. Herbaria. Combined records of the Arnold Arboretum and the Gray Herbarium, 1850- Harvard University, Gray Herbarium
referencedIn Shaw, George Russell, b. 1848. Papers of George Russell Shaw, 1903-1931 (inclusive). Harvard University, Gray Herbarium
referencedIn James Franklin Collins papers, 1883-1942 Harvard University, Gray Herbarium
referencedIn Beattie, R. Kent (Rolla Kent), 1875-1960. Papers, 1899-1956 Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
referencedIn Letters to Thomas Morong, 1874-1888 Botany Libraries
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associatedWith Beattie, R. Kent (Rolla Kent), b. 1875 person
associatedWith Davenport, Geo. E. (George Edward), 1833-1907. person
associatedWith Harvard University. Gray Herbarium. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Herbaria. corporateBody
associatedWith Morong, Thomas, 1827-1894. person
associatedWith Norton, John W. (John Wright), 1839-1900. person
associatedWith Robertson, Colin Charles, 1884-1946. person
associatedWith Shaw, George Russell, b. 1848. person
associatedWith Smith, Martha V., 1858-1952 person
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Birth 1838-05-06

Death 1911-05-25

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