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William Bartram

William BartramBorn: 9-Feb-1739
Birthplace: Kingsessing, PA
Died: 22-Jul-1823
Location of death: Kingsessing, PA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Bartram's Garden, Philadelphia, PA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Naturalist, Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: 18th Century American travelling naturalist

A friend of both Benjamin Franklin (after whom he named a plant) and Thomas Jefferson, he was certainly the most well-travelled scientist in America during his lifetime. Bartram travelled with his father in the Southeast during the 1760s, again starting in 1773, and ventured with Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their expedition in 1803.

Father: John Bartram (naturalist)
Mother: Ann Mendenhall Bartram (b. 22-Sep-1703, m. 11-Oct-1727, d. 29-Jan-1789, five sons, four daughters)
Brother: Richard Bartram (stepbrother, b. 24-May-1724, d. 19-Nov-1727)
Brother: Isaac Bartram (stepbrother, chemist, b. 17-Sep-1725, d. Jun-1801)
Brother: James Bartram (farmer, b. 25-Jun-1730, d. 6-Jan-1824)
Brother: Moses Bartram (b. 16-Jun-1732)
Sister: Elizabeth Bartram (b. 27-Aug-1834, d. circa 1735)
Sister: Mary Bartram Bonsall (b. 21-Sep-1736)
Sister: Elizabeth Bartram Wright (his twin, b. 9-Feb-1739)
Sister: Ann Bartramborn Bartram (b. 24-Jun-1742)
Brother: John Bartram, Jr. (naturalist, b. 24-Aug-1743)
Brother: Benjamin Bartram (b. 6-Jul-1748)

    English Ancestry

Author of books:
Travels Through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida (1791, nonfiction)

Appears on postage stamps:
USA, Scott #3314 (33, depicting Franklinia flower and honoring both John and William Bartram, issued 18-May-1999)


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