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William Whitman Bailey


American botanist. Educated at the school for officers’ children at West Point. Entered Brown University in 1864. Became a private in the Tenth Rhode Island Volunteers, and did not finish college. Assistant in chemistry at Brown, 1865, and at MIT, 1866. Botanist to the US Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel, 1867–8. Deputy secretary of state and assistant librarian of the Providence Athenaeum. Taught botany at private schools in Providence, 1872–7. Attended Harvard summer school of botany, 1875–7. Started a private botany class at Brown, 1877; professor of botany, 1881–1906.


Barnhart comp. 1965

Mitchell 1993


Mitchell, Martha. 1993. Encyclopedia Brunoniana. Providence, R.I.: Brown University Library.