The University of North Carolina Herbarium has
two specimens collected by “Prof. Huntington.” Neither is dated, but both are
on Dartmouth College labels, and both are from Tennessee. Due to the age of the specimen and the
appearance of the label, NCU staff hypothesize that the collector was a
faculty member of Dartmouth College ca. 1900.
Sarah Hartwell of the Rauner Special Collections
Library at Dartmouth College discovered that Professor George Putnam
Huntington, D.D. was an instructor of Hebrew at Dartmouth College from
1896-1903. Huntington’s obituary includes that he was a member of the New England Botany
Club, so perhaps he collected specimens and deposited them in HNH.
HNH’s specimens from the Southeastern United
States were transferred to NCU in 2002.
George Putnam Huntington was born in Boston,
Massachusetts on 3 July, 1844. He
attended Harvard College and earned both A.B. (1864) and A.M. (1867) from
that institution. He was rector at St.
Paul’s Church in Malden, Massachusetts, then moved to Hanover, New Hampshire
in 1892 to become the rector of St. Thomas’ Church. From 1881 to 1883 he was the vice-president
of the Middlesex Institute. (According
to Sarah Hartwell, this group of naturalists was originally called the
Middlesex Scientific Field Club and was organized in 1878 in Malden, MA.
Henry Moody was the first president. In 1880, the name was
changed to Middlesex Institute.) Huntington became a member of the New England Botany Club
in 1896. Dartmouth College conferred
on Huntington the degree of D.D. in 1897.
He taught Hebrew at Dartmouth College from 1896-1903. He died “after an illness of six weeks with
a slow fever” on 11 July 1904.
According to his obituary in The
Dartmouth, “Interment was made at Hadley, Mass., with his father, the Rt.
Rev. Frederick Don Huntington, Episcopal Bishop of the central diocese of New
York, whose death took place a few hours before Doctor Huntington’s.”
NCU would welcome any information concerning
Prof. George Putnam Huntington’s botanical activities. Any competing theories as to the collector
of our specimens will be entertained as well!