Blankinship, Joseph William, 1862-1938

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Biographical History

Joseph Blankinship was a botanist whose work focused on the study of plant pathology and weeds as well as the native plants of Montana. He was born on February 23, 1862. He attended Duruy College and later Harvard University during the 1890’s where he earned his BA, MA, and PhD. He went on to become a botany professor the Montana Agricultural College in Bozeman, and first curator of the Montana State College herbarium. In 1905 he left the College, and worked as a consultant plant pathologist. He later moved to California and worked as a plant pathologist for smelter companies across the Western United States.


  • JSTOR Global Plants. "Blankinship, Joseph William (1862-1938)".Retrieved July 30, 2013 from
  • Menalled, F. (2009). "100 Years of Weeds in Montana. What have we learned? What have we forgotten?". Montana State University News Release., accessed 3 March 2011.
  • F.A. Stafleu and R.S. Cowan, 1976-1998, Taxonomic Literature, 2nd edition (TL-2)

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