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Lea, Isaac (04 March 1792–08 December 1886), naturalist and publisher, was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of James Lea, a Quaker merchant, and Elizabeth Gibson. His family had been among those who accompanied William Penn on his second trip to America at the end of the seventeenth century. Originally, his family planned for Isaac to become a physician, and with that in mind he was sent to the Wilmington (Del.) Academy. These plans changed when the family moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when Isaac was about fifteen, and he went to work in the wholesale and importing house run by his oldest brother. His mother fostered Isaac’s early interest in natural history. This interest was more fully developed through his friendship with geologist ...