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Abbott, Charles Conrad (04 June 1843–27 July 1919), naturalist and archaeologist, was born in Trenton, New Jersey, the son of Timothy Abbott, a banker, and Susan Conrad. As a child he loved nature and began a lifelong fascination with the flora and fauna of the Delaware River Valley. Like many young men drawn to natural history, he saw no prospects for turning his passion into a livelihood and so chose to study medicine....

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Winchell, Newton Horace (17 December 1839–02 May 1914), geologist and archeologist, was born in Northeast, Dutchess County, New York, the son of Horace Winchell and Caroline McAllister, both schoolteachers. After education at local public schools in Northeast and the academy in Salisbury, Connecticut, Winchell taught in local district schools near home. His restless, reform-minded father, having returned from a fruitless venture in the California gold fields, could not offer Winchell the financial support for college earlier afforded Winchell’s brother Alexander. By the mid-1850s, however, Alexander had successfully established himself as professor of geology, zoology, and botany at the University of Michigan and offered his younger brother the opportunity to stay in Ann Arbor and to begin language and other preparation for college entrance....