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Joseph Beal Steere

Born: Feb 9, 1842

Death: Dec 7, 1940

Birthplace: Lenawee County

Nationality: United States

Joseph Beal Steere

Date of Birth : Feb 9, 1842
Date of Death : Dec 7, 1940
Birth Place : Lenawee County

Joseph Beal Steere was an American ornithologist. Steere was born in Rollin, Michigan, the son of William Millhouse and Elizabeth Cleghorn Steere. He received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1868 and a B. of Law in 1870. Shortly after his graduation he entered upon an extensive tour to make collections for the University Museum. His mother's cousin, Rice A. Beal—owner and publisher of the Ann Arbor Courier—agreed to pay for the expedition if Steere would write letters from his journey to be published in the Courier. He spent about eighteen months on the Amazon River and its tributaries, making collections in Zoology, Botany and Archaeology. He crossed the Andes and continued his collections in various parts of Peru. He then sailed for China and the island of Formosa. He went on another scientific expedition to the Philippines where he made an extensive collection of birds, shells, and other natural objects. From there he continued his journey to the Moluccas, and finally returned home by way of the Suez Canal, London and Liverpool, after an absence of five years. In 1875 he received an honorary PhD from the University of Michigan and commenced work as a professor.

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