Russell, Paul George

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Paul George Russell (1889-1963) was born on April 24, 1889, in Liverpool, New York. He moved with his family to Washington, D.C., in 1902. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from George Washington University. He was first employed at the National Herbarium and collected in northern Mexico, Argentina, Texas, West Indies, and Brazil. In 1916, he joined the Department of Agriculture as a seed botanist and became the national authority on the identification of plant species by seed alone. He built a collection of more than 40,000 vials. In 1927 he returned to Mexico to do plant exploration, and in 1934 he published The Oriental Flowering Cherries, which was a 72-page U.S. Department of Agriculture bulletin. He retired in 1959 and died on April 3, 1963.


Russell, Paul George (1889-1963). In JStor Plant Science. Retrieved March 23, 2012 from

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United States Dept. of Agriculture: He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a seed botanist.

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