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Botanist, born in Chatham, New York, USA. He studied at Williams College (1799) and was admitted to the bar (1802), but gave up law to study botany at Yale. From 1810 he gave public lectures in New England and New York and wrote a botany textbook. His major work, Manual of Botany for the Northern States (1817), had its last edition in 1840. He became professor of natural history at the Medical School in Castleton, VT, joining the Rensselaer School (now Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) (1824–42). His voluminous writings were later found to be more enthusiastic than accurate.

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