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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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A University Professorship and Marriage, 1876–1879

A University Professorship and Marriage, 1876–1879

(p.97) Chapter V A University Professorship and Marriage, 1876–1879
The Comstocks of Cornell-The Definitive Autobiography

Anna Botsford Comstock

, Karen Penders St. Clair
Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on the courtship and early days of marriage of Anna Botsford and John Henry Comstock. It was soon after he was made Assistant Professor of Entomology at Cornell University, that Henry spent a holiday vacation at Anna's home. They had a happy visit, but there was no engagement to announce until several months later. They were becoming very well acquainted and the companionship on which their marriage was based was steadily becoming closer and more important to them both. Anna and Henry were then wed on October of 1878. The chapter describes their home, Fall Creek Cottage, and their amusing housekeeping incidents. At this period, Cornell University was a small institution and the faculty families were very friendly. Despite housework and visitors, both Anna and Henry found time for intellectual pursuits.

Keywords:   courtship, marriage, Anna Botsford Comstock, John Henry Comstock, assistant professor, entomology, Cornell University, Fall Creek Cottage, housekeeping

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