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Henry W. Henshaw Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-98679).


Henshaw, Henry Wetherbee (03 March 1850–01 August 1930), ornithologist, ethnologist, and government official, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of William Henshaw and Sarah Holden Wetherbee. His interest in natural history was demonstrated from early childhood, and he began focusing has attention on birds. He completed his primary and secondary education in the local public schools, but poor health compelled him to defer plans to take the entrance examination at Harvard in 1869. While in high school, Henshaw met ...


Pettingill, Olin Sewall, Jr. (30 October 1907–11 December 2001), ornithologist and educator, was born in Belgrade, Maine, the only child of Olin Sewall Pettingill, a physician, and Marion Bradbury Groves Pettingill. The boy was called Sewall within the family to distinguish him from his father, who shortly after receiving his M.D. degree in 1909 was diagnosed with tuberculosis. In the four years following his father's recovery in 1911, Sewall and his mother accompanied him as he successively held medical positions at three sanitariums, in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. In 1915, Dr. Pettingill became superintendent at the Western Maine Sanitarium in Hebron, and there the family remained for six years. Sewall was taught at home by his mother until 1916, when he was permitted to attend a school set up on the sanitarium grounds for youngsters who had been exposed to tuberculosis and were under observation. His interest in birds began in boyhood, stimulated in part by the writings of the naturalist ...