LeConte, John Lawrence
- Lester D. Stephens
LeConte, John Lawrence (13 May 1825–15 November 1883), entomologist, was born in New York City, the son of John Eatton LeConte, an army topographical engineer and naturalist, and Mary Ann Hampton. Following in the footsteps of his father, a noted naturalist, LeConte began early in life to collect natural specimens, displaying a particular interest in insects, especially in the beetles (order Coleoptera). After attending schools in his native city, LeConte entered Mount St. Mary’s College, in Emmitsburg, Maryland, from which he graduated in 1842. Three years later, he enrolled in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, in New York, and in 1846 he received the M.D. degree. While pursuing the study of medicine, LeConte served as an assistant to the botanist and chemist ...