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Darwin Correspondence Project

Frederick Law Olmsted


American landscape architect. Farmed on Staten Island, New York, for several years; also pursued literary interests and travelled widely. Wrote extensively on slavery and the economic and social conditions of the American South. Appointed superintendent of Central Park, New York City, 1857; architect-in-chief, 1858. Superintendent, Frémont Mariposa mining estates, California, 1863–5. Reappointed landscape architect, Central Park, 1865, until his removal in 1878. Thereafter worked independently.




DAB: Dictionary of American biography. Under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies. 20 vols., index, and 10 supplements. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons; Simon & Schuster Macmillan. London: Oxford University Press; Humphrey Milford. 1928–95.