William Brewer

William Brewer

(1828-1910) William Brewer was born in New York and grew up on a farm. In 1848 he attended Yale, studying soil chemistry. In 1852 he graduated from Sheffield Scientific School, and traveled to Europe where he attended the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He went on to futhur study chemistry under prominent professors, and he returned to the US where he became professor of Washington and Jefferson College. In 1860 he was invited to become Chief Botanist of the California Division of Mines and Geology, which was the first survey in California that included a section in botany. He later became Chair of Agriculture at Yale's Sheffield Scientific School teaching natural sciences. He also surveyed the entire Pacific coast and he consulted with the US government on the purchase of Alaska. He sent his specimens to the pre-eminent Asa Gray for identification. He retired in 1903 and died in 1910. 

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