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HOVEY, Charles Mason, horticulturist, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 26 October, 1810; died there, 2 September, 1887. He was graduated at the Cambridge academy in 1824. He was early interested in cultivation of fruits and flowers, exhibiting varieties that gained him the first premiums from the Massachusetts horticultural society, with which he has been identified since 1831. He was its president from 1863 till 1867, and during his service in this capacity their new hall was built under his supervision. He laid the corner stone, 18 August, 1864, and delivered the dedicatory address, 6 September, 1865. His grounds in Cambridge contain the largest collection of trees in the United States, 168 specimens and varieties, all from 30 to 40 years old; and he has produced many fine specimens of fruits and flowers front seed and hybridization. He is a member of the principal horticultural societies of America, and corresponding and honorary member of the Royal horticultural societies of London and Edinburgh. He edited the American "Gardener's Magazine" in 1835, and the "Magazine of Horticulture" (34 -vols., 1835-'69). He has published "Fruits of America," with colored plates, for which he made drawings (2 vols., New York, 1854), and a reprint of Reverend T. C. Brehaut's "Cordon Training of Fruit Trees," with a supplement (Boston, 1865). He has also contributed largely to magazines.
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