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The Comstocks of Cornell-The Definitive Autobiography$
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Anna Botsford Comstock and Karen Penders St. Clair

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501716270

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501716270.001.0001

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Undergraduate Days at Cornell, 1870–1874

Undergraduate Days at Cornell, 1870–1874

(p.39) Chapter III Undergraduate Days at Cornell, 1870–1874
The Comstocks of Cornell-The Definitive Autobiography

Anna Botsford Comstock

, Karen Penders St. Clair
Cornell University Press

This chapter details John Henry Comstock's early years at Cornell University with his budding entomological interests. Henry, mindful of the speed with which cash on hand evaporates in college, sought work and found it in the construction of McGraw Hall. He applied for work to Elijah Cornell, who was a brother of Ezra Cornell and also the builder in charge of the erection of McGraw Hall. Thus Henry worked and studied and with his room-mate boarded himself. At Christmas, he went home to Hurricane Hall. On his return to the University in January of 1871, something happened which was to profoundly influence Henry's future life: Dr. Burt G. Wilder had chosen him as his assistant. Professor Wilder had charge of Zoology and Physiology in Cornell and was a brilliant teacher. Henry then developed an interest in entomology, the study of insects.

Keywords:   John Henry Comstock, Cornell University, entomology, McGraw Hall, Elijah Cornell, Burt G. Wilder, zoology, physiology

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