Orton, James

Orton, James

(1830–77) zoologist, explorer; born in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Originally a Presbyterian minister, he became a professor of natural history at Vassar College (1869). He made three expeditions to South America (1867, 1883, 1876) and described the geology and physical geography of the areas he saw in The Andes and the Amazon (1870, 1876).
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