Henderson, Louis Forniquet

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Biographical History

Louis Forniquet Henderson (1853-1942) was born in 1853 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, on September 17, 1853. He is considered to be an important early botanist, with at least 17 Northwest plant species named in his honor. Throughout his accomplished and long career, Henderson collected botanical specimens in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington states, among others. Upon his graduation from Cornell, Henderson moved west to Oregon where he taught in Portland and then to Washington where he served as a state botanist and forester. In 1893, Henderson became the first Professor of Botany at University of Idaho where founded the IU herbarium and worked until his retirement in 1911. In 1924 at the age of 70, Henderson joined the University of Oregon as curator of Oregon plants. Henderson retired from University of Oregon in 1939. He died on June 14, 1942.


  • Louis Forniquet Henderson. (2011). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Forniquet_Henderson
  • Louis F. Henderson (1853-1942). (n.d.). In The Oregon Encyclopedia. Retrieved from http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/entry/view/henderson_louis_f_1853_1942_/

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University of Idaho: He was the first Professor of Botany at University of Idaho.

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