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ANTHONY, John Gould, naturalist, born in Providence, Rhode Island, 17 May 1804; died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 16 October 1877. His school education was slight, and was entirely discontinued when he became twelve years of age. Business pursuits then occupied his attention, and, settling in Cincinnati, he continued there for thirty-five years, actively engaged in commercial occupations. Meanwhile his interest in natural history had developed, his publications attracted the attention of Professor Agassiz, and in 1863 he was asked to take charge of the conchologieal department of the museum of comparative zoo1ogy, where he remained until his death. He accompanied Agassiz on the Thayer expedition to Brazil in 1865. His writings include the following papers: "A New Trilobite (Cerato-cephala ceralepta) " (1838); "Fossil Encrinite" (1838); "Description of a New Fossil (Calymene Bucklandii)" (1839); "Descriptions of Three New Species of Shells" (1839); "Description of Two New Species of Anculotus" (1839); with G. Graham and W. P. James, "Two Species of Fossil Asterias in the Blue Limestone of Cincinnati" (1846); "Description of New Fluviate Shells of the Genus Melania, Lain. from the Western States of North America" (1854) ; "Descriptions of New Species of American Fluviate Gasteropods" (1861) ; "Descriptions of Two New Species of Monocondytoca" (1865); " Description of a New Exotic Melania" (1865); "Description of a New Species of Shells" (1865); and "Descriptions of New American Freshwater Shells" (1866). Mr. Anthony was recognized as an authority on the American land and fresh-water mollusca.
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