Miller, Gerrit S. (Gerrit Smith), 1869-1956

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Biographical History

Gerrit Smith Miller, Jr., (1869-1956) was born in Peterboro, New York, on December 6, 1869, and grew up on a large estate in central New York. In this relatively isolated setting and through the influence of his great uncle, an ornithologist, Miller developed an early interest in natural history. Following his graduation from Harvard in 1894, Miller joined the Biological Survey in the Department of Agriculture and worked under Clinton Hart Merriam. In 1898 he joined the United States National Museum as Assistant Curator of Mammals and in 1909 became Curator of that Division. He continued in that position until 1940 when he retired and remained as an Associate in biology at the Smithsonian Institution until his death on February 24, 1956.

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  • United States. Bureau of Biological Survey: He worked for the Biological Survey in the Department of Agriculture.
  • United States National Museum: He worked for the United States National Museum as Curator of Mammals.

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1869

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1956

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