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FITCH, Asa, naturalist, born at Fitch's Point, New York, 24 February 1809; died 8 April 1879. He was at first an agriculturist and country physician, but relinquished medical practice in 1838 to devote his time to scientific agriculture and the study of natural history. He was made New York state entomologist in 1854, and for many years published annual reports on insects injurious to vegetation. Most of these have been collected at intervals, and issued in three volumes by the state authorities.
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