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WOOD, Alphonso, botanist, born in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, 17 September, 1810; died in West Farms, New York, 4 January, 1881. He was graduated at Dartmouth in 1834, and then studied for a year in Andover theological seminary. Subsequently he taught in Kimball union academy, Meriden, New Hampshire, until 1849, after which he followed the practice of civil engineering for three years. In 1851 he became pres> dent, of the Ohio female seminary, where he remained until 1857 and then accepted a professorship in Terre Haute female college, Indiana He was chosen principal of Clinton female seminary in Brooklyn, which post he held until 1865, and then after travelling for a year he settled in 1867 in West Farms, New York Professor Wood made a specialty of botany and published "Class-Book of Botany," of which 100,000 copies have been sold (Boston, 1845) ; "First Lessons in Botany" (1848) ; " Leaves and Flowers, or Object Lessons in Botany" (New York, 1863); "The American Botanist and Florist" (1870); and "Plant Record" (1877). He edited a translation from the German of "Poetry from the Vegetable World" (Cincinnati, 1853).
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