Toumey, James W. (James William), 1865-1932

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Biographical History

James William Toumey was born in Lawrence Michigan, April 17, 1865. He was a botanist with an interest in cacti. Toumey earned his undergraduate degree (1889) and M.Sc. (1893) from Michigan State Agricultural College. 1891-1898, he worked at the University of Arizona, eventually becoming a professor of botany. He also became a botanist at the State Agricultural Experiment Station. Toumey had a strong interest in forestry. His first formal work in the field began in 1899 when he became superintendent of tree planting in the Division of Forestry, USDA. He later became professor of silviculture at Yale School of Forestry, a school he helped establish. He wrote Foundations of Silviculture Upon an Ecological Basis. Toumey became dean of the school and held the position until his retirement in 1922. In retirement, he kept up his research at the School of Forestry’s property in Keene, New Hampshire. He died in New Haven on May 5, 1932.


  • Library of Congress. NACO. Conrol Number: no2003057705
  • Graves, Henry S. (1932). “James William Toumey.” Science. 75 (1953) 575-577. Retrieved rom

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