Willard W. Eggleston transcriptions of Alphonso Wood journals, circa 1925 - 1926Manuscript MS-1304

Biography

Willard Webster Eggleston was born on March 28, 1863, in Rutland, Vermont. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1891. From 1895 to 1897, he worked as a civil engineer in Rutland. In 1895, Eggleston founded the Vermont Botanical Club, and in 1900, co-authored "Flora of Vermont: A List of the Fern and Seed Plants Growing without Cultivation." In 1904, he became a researcher at the New York Botanical Garden, a position he held until 1908, when he joined the United States Bureau of Plant Industry investigating plants poisonous to livestock. He retired from this position in 1933. After his retirement Eggleston donated his personal herbarium of ca. 10,000 specimens to the Jesup Herbarium of Dartmouth College. He died on November 25, 1935. In 1942, Alma Eggleston endowed prizes in botany at Dartmouth College in her husband's memory.

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