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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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Entomologist to U. S. Department of Agriculture

Entomologist to U. S. Department of Agriculture

(Life in Washington as United States Entomologist, 1879–1881)

(p.117) Chapter VI Entomologist to U. S. Department of Agriculture
The Comstocks of Cornell-The Definitive Autobiography

Anna Botsford Comstock

, Karen Penders St. Clair
Cornell University Press

This chapter describes Anna Botsford and John Henry Comstock's life in Washington, the entomologists who worked with the Comstocks there, and their social connections. On May 1, 1879, Henry became the U.S. Commissioner of Agriculture. Thus, he entered upon his duties as entomologist to the Department of Agriculture and into a very cordial association with Commissioner William G. Le Duc. Following his appointment, Henry asked for a two-year leave of absence from Cornell University. This was granted on the condition that he return for a fortnight in May to complete his course of lectures. As soon as they were settled in Washington, Anna went to Henry's office every day to help him with the many details of the department. As a result of this, she was offered a position to work for her husband.

Keywords:   Anna Botsford Comstock, John Henry Comstock, Washington, entomologists, entomology, social connections, Department of Agriculture, William G. Le Duc, Cornell University

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