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Benjamin Dann Walsh

Born: Sep 21, 1808

Death: Jan 1, 1869

Nationality: United States

Benjamin Dann Walsh

Date of Birth : Sep 21, 1808
Date of Death : Jan 1, 1869

Benjamin Dann Walsh was an English-born American entomologist, serving as the first official state entomologist in Illinois from 1867 to 1869. He was born in London, England, the son of Benjamin Walsh MP. He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1837 he published the first volume of The Comedies of Aristophanes, a translation in English metre. In the preface he compared American Slavery in the South with that in ancient Athens. He married Rebecca Finn in 1838 and they emigrated from their native England to the United States, first to Chicago, then to a farm near Cambridge, Illinois. He moved to Rock Island, Illinois in 1851, working in the lumber business until 1858. In 1860 he first published some of his entomological research, completing 385 works during his life, plus another 478 works with co-author Charles V. Riley. His field journals from the 1860s are available online. He also cofounded and edited the American Entomologist with Riley. After a railroad accident near Rock Island, he died on November 18, 1869 and was buried in Illinois.

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