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date: 18 October 2019

Piper, Charles Vancouverlocked

(16 June 1867–11 February 1926)
  • John H. Perkins


Piper, Charles Vancouver (16 June 1867–11 February 1926), botanist and agricultural scientist, was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, the son of Andrew William Piper, a baker, and Minna Hausman. Piper spent most of his early years in Seattle, Washington Territory, and received a B.S. (Scientific Course) from the University of Washington Territory in 1885. He continued to reside in Seattle after graduation and listed his occupation variously as “salesman” or “business.” As an avocation, however, he continued his interests in botany and natural history. Several obituaries indicate that he received a master’s degree from the University of Washington in 1892. However, the only record of his advanced work there indicates that the degree was awarded in 1894, subject unspecified but presumably botany. At the time, the University of Washington had no formal graduate school, so advanced degrees were given for “conspicuous achievements after graduation”; formal course work was not required, and records were casually kept. He also earned a master’s degree in botany from Harvard University in 1900. In 1897 he married Laura Maude Hungate; they had no children....

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