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Coulter, John Merle

Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Coulter, John Merle (20 November 1851–23 December 1928), botanist, was born in Ningpo, China, the son of Moses Stanley Coulter and Caroline Crowe, Presbyterian missionaries. When Coulter was just two years of age, his father died in China. His mother, with her two young children, returned shortly thereafter to her father’s home in Hanover, Indiana, where Coulter spent the remainder of his childhood. His interest in the natural sciences, and especially botany, were evident by his early boyhood as he and his younger brother Stanley explored geologic and botanical formations in nearby areas....

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Subjects: Botany

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