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Tryon, George Washington, Jr. (20 May 1838–05 February 1888), conchologist and naturalist, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Edward K. Tryon, a businessman involved in the manufacture and trade of sporting firearms, and Adeline Savitd. Tryon showed an early interest in natural history and in the collection of specimens, especially shells. Studious and methodical, he showed skill at identifying and curating when only seven. His education began at home and at private schools; at age twelve he entered Friends’ Central School in Philadelphia, attending for three years. This marked the end of his formal education, although he subsequently learned French, German, and music from private tutors. His interest in literature and music was lifelong—strong enough for him to write a comic opera, manage an orchestra, and edit, publish, and arrange music—but these activities did not alter his intent to be a natural historian. He was persuaded to enter the family business in 1857, but he left in 1868 to devote the rest of his life to conchology, becoming one of the most knowledgeable American authorities in that growing field....