Tracy, S. M. (Samuel Mills), 1847-1920

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Biographical History

Samuel Mills Tracy (1847-1920) was a U. S. botanist who collected plants in the United States and Cuba, circa 1887-1920. He was born in Harford, Vermont, on April 30, 1847. He fought in the Civil War for one hundred days. Afterward, he returned home and farmed for one year. He then enrolled at Michigan Agricultural College where he received his Bachelors' and Master's degrees. For some time he was involved in commercial horticulture work. In 1877, he became professor of botany at the University of Missouri. In 1887, he became the first Director of the Mississippi Experiment Station. Tracy's botanic interests centered on the taxonomy of gasses, plant breeding, and the adaptation of forage plants to the southern states. He wrote many books and articles, including "Flora of Missouri,"1886.

Source

  • Library of Congress. NACO. Control Number: n 87112899
  • Tracy, Samuel Mills (1847-1920). In JStor Plant Science. Accessed April 9, 2012 at http://plants.jstor.org/person/bm000008546

Related entities

  • University of Missouri: He was a professor of botany at the University of Missouri.
  • Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station: He became the first Director of the Mississippi Experiment Station.

Birth Date

1847

Death Date

1920

Topic

Botany

Form/Genre

Personal name

Occupation

Botanists