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Hamilton, William John, Jr. (11 December 1902–17 July 1990), mammalogist, naturalist, and educator, was born in Corona, Queens, New York, the son of William John Hamilton and Charlotte Richardson. His interest in nature was kindled in boyhood by a Sunday school teacher who gave him a plant to care for when Hamilton was seven. He was soon involved in gardening (which would remain a major avocation all his life), bird watching, muskrat trapping, and kindred activities. In his teens, he raised needed income by supplying timber rattlesnakes to the New York Zoological Society’s Bronx Zoo and moth cocoons to a shop on lower Fifth Avenue in New York City....

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Tate, George Henry Hamilton (30 April 1894–24 December 1953), mammalogist and naturalist, was born in London, England, the son of Septimus George Tate, a railroad administrator, and Elizabeth Hamilton. His family lived in Canada from 1895 to 1902, after which they spent a year in the United States. In 1903 they returned to England, remaining until 1912, when they came back to the United States to stay. The family resided in New York City, and Tate’s father worked in his railroad company offices there. The younger Tate attended primary schools in England, Canada, and the United States, worked as a telegraph operator for the Western Union Company on Long Island from 1912 to 1914, and then returned to England to become an infantry and later an engineering officer in the British army during World War I. He was a student at the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London in 1918–1919, then spent much of the year 1919–1920 managing a lime plantation in Dominica, British West Indies. In the autumn of 1920, he was an instructor at the Newton Academy in New Jersey....