Sargent, Charles Sprague

Sargent, Charles Sprague

(1841–1927) arboriculturist; born in Boston, Mass. A merchant's son, he graduated from Harvard (1862) and served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He was on the faculty of Harvard (1872–1927) and became director of the college's newly founded Arnold Arboretum (in Boston) (1873), a position he held for the rest of his life. In addition to developing the arboretum's collections, he worked for conservation and national parks, and he published important studies of North American trees and (from 1888–97) edited the weekly magazine Garden and Forest.
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