Bechtel, Edwin DeTurck, 1880-1957

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Edwin De Turck Bechtel (1880-1957) was President and Board Chairman of the New York Botanical Garden. He was an amateur rosarian and art collector. He was winner of the Jane Righter Rose Medal of the Garden Clubs of America in 1953. The Bechtel Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden was named in his honor in 1972. A lawyer by profession, he was associated with the firm of Carter, Ledyard and Milburn. He graduated from Harvard University. He was married to Louise Seaman, founder of the children's department at Macmillan. Bechtel collected Callot and Daumier. He gave his collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Bechtels lived at Bedford Four Corners, N.Y. on a 32-acre estate where they established a rose garden of more than 300 varieties. Louise Seamans Bechtel wrote a memoir of her husband titled "The Boy with the Star Lantern". He died at home on July 4, 1957.

From the description of Edwin De Turck Bechtel papers 1930-1971. (New York Botanical Garden). WorldCat record id: 44400416

Edwin De Turck Bechtel (1880-1957) was an attorney, art collector, and scholar of rose culture. He received his Harvard Bachelor of Arts in 1903; Master of Arts in 1904; and Bachelor of Laws in 1905. Bechtel wrote about roses and their culture and studied various techniques of rose hybridization. He was a winner of the Rose Medal of the Garden Clubs of America; president and board chairman of the New York Botanical Garden and chairman of the Horticultural Society of New York. His interests also included philosophy, prints, and etching. In 1933, Bechtel endowed an annual prize at Harvard for the best student essay on a philosophical subject; in 1955, he bequeathed a fund for the establishment of the Alfred North Whitehead Lectures at Harvard.

From the description of Correspondence of Edwin De Turck Bechtel, 1900-1901. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 768583882

L'Association mensuelle lithographique published twenty-four caricatures of Louis Philippe between 1832 and 1834 during an era of struggle for freedom of the press. The caricatures, or "charges," are illustrated in the published book.

From the description of Freedom of the press and L'Association mensuelle : Philipon versus Louis Philippe : typescript, 1951. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122516158

Bechtel earned his Harvard AB in 1903, his Harvard AM in 1904, and his Harvard LLB in 1908.

From the description of Student notes and theses, 1899-1904. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77074434

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referencedIn Scott, Austin Wakeman. Austin Wakeman Scott papers. 1906-1979. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D Houghton Library
creatorOf Bechtel, Edwin De Turck, 1880-1957. The class notes of Edwin DeTurck Bechtel, 1906-1908. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
referencedIn Hand, Learned, 1872-1961. Papers, 1840-1961 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D Houghton Library
creatorOf Bechtel, Edwin de Turck, 1880-1957. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1937-1960. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966. William Ernest Hocking Papers, 1860-1979 Houghton Library
creatorOf Bechtel, Edwin DeTurck, 1880-1957. The lithographs of Daumier from the Revolution of 1830 to the Franco Prussian War, undated / Edwin DeTurck Bechtel. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Bechtel, Edwin De Turck, 1880-1957. Edwin De Turck Bechtel papers 1930-1971. New York Botanical Garden, The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
creatorOf Bechtel, Edwin DeTurck, 1880-1957. Freedom of the press and L'Association mensuelle : Philipon versus Louis Philippe : typescript, 1951. Grolier Club
referencedIn Bechtel, Louise De Turck. Edwin De Turck Bechtel scrapbook, 1947-1957. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Bechtel, Edwin De Turck, 1880-1957. Correspondence of Edwin De Turck Bechtel, 1900-1901. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn John Mason Brown papers, 1922-1967. Houghton Library
referencedIn Harvard University. Autograph File, G. 1641-2009. Houghton Library
referencedIn Homer D. Crotty papers and addenda, 1859-2011 The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
referencedIn Grolier Club. Library. Records of the curator, 1910-1944. Grolier Club
creatorOf Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771. Bulbs to raise in water : manuscript, [17--] Houghton Library
creatorOf Grolier Club. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1913-1946. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Bechtel, Edwin De Turck, 1880-1957. Student notes and theses, 1899-1904. Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Delano, William Adams, 1874-1960. William Adams Delano papers, 1902-1960 (inclusive), 1939-1960 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn New York Botanical Garden. Office of the Director. William Jacob Robbins records, [ca. 1910-1966] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Bechtel, Edwin de Turck, 1880-1957. Typescripts, n.d. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Jacques Callot etchings, ca. 1615-1635 Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Carter, James C. (James Coolidge), 1827-1905. Papers, 1880-1950. Harvard Law School Library, HLS Library
creatorOf Bechtel, Edwin DeTurck, 1880-1957. Articles recognizing Bechtel's donations and contributions, 1951, 1958. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966. William Ernest Hocking Papers, 1860-1979 Houghton Library
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associatedWith Ames, James Barr, 1846-1910. person
associatedWith Association mensuelle lithographique (Paris). corporateBody
associatedWith Beale, Joseph Henry, 1861-1943. person
associatedWith Bechtel, Louise De Turck. person
associatedWith Bechtel, Louise Seaman, 1894-1985. person
associatedWith Bechtel Rose Garden. corporateBody
correspondedWith Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969 person
associatedWith Callot, Jacques, 1592-1635 person
associatedWith Carter, James C. (James Coolidge), 1827-1905. person
associatedWith Crotty, Homer D. person
associatedWith Daumier, Honoré, 1808-1879. person
associatedWith Delano, William Adams, 1874-1960. person
associatedWith Fogg Art Museum. corporateBody
associatedWith Gray, John Chipman, 1839-1915. person
associatedWith Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771. person
associatedWith Grolier Club. corporateBody
correspondedWith Grolier Club. Library. corporateBody
correspondedWith Hand, Learned, 1872-1961 person
associatedWith Harvard Law School. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University (1780-). Class of 1903. corporateBody
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
associatedWith Hollis, Samuel Hudson, d. 1965. person
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Hunt, Rachel McMasters Miller, 1882-1963. person
associatedWith Louis Philippe, King of the French, 1773-1850. person
associatedWith New York Botanical Garden corporateBody
associatedWith New York Botanical Garden. Office of the Director. corporateBody
associatedWith Nisbet, Fred J., 1912- person
associatedWith Philipon, Charles, 1800-1862. person
associatedWith Scott, Austin Wakeman, 1884-1981 person
associatedWith Scribner Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Smith, Jeremiah, 1837-1921. person
associatedWith Wambaugh, Eugene, 1856-1940. person
associatedWith Warren, Edward H. (Edward Henry), 1873-1945. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Massachusetts--Cambridge
France
United States
France
Massachusetts--Cambridge
Subject
Equity pleading and procedure--Study and teaching
Corporation law--Study and teaching
Freedom of the press--19th century
Criminal law--Study and teaching
Roses--Varieties
Property--Study and teaching
Conflict of laws--Study and teaching
Lithography--19th century
Roses
Law--Study and teaching
Torts--Study and teaching
Etching
Political cartoons--19th century
Suretyship and guaranty--Study and teaching
College students
Trusts and trustees--Study and teaching
Constitutional law--Study and teaching
Art--History
Occupation
Art historians
Authors--20th century--United States
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