Chester Dewey Botanist

Birthday October 25, 1784
Birthplace Massachusetts
Death Date Dec 15, 1867 (age 83)
Birth Sign Scorpio


18th Century American botanist and clergyman who specialized in the study of grasses. He was a regular contributor to the American Journal of Science.

Before Fame

He studied for the ministry at Williams College before professor of mathematics and natural philosophy there.


He was an expert on the genus Carex, the largest genus of flowering plants.

Family Life

He had five children with his wife Sarah Dewey.

Associated With

His studies in botany preceded Gregor Mendel's.


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