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CRAGIN, Francis Whittemore, naturalist, born in Greenfield, New Hampshire, 4 September, 1858. He studied at Washburn College in Topeka, Kansas, at the Brooklyn polytechnic institute, and was graduated at Lawrence scientific school of Harvard University in 1882. Subsequently he traveled throughout the United States, for the purpose of collecting specimens in natural history. During the winter of 1883-'4 he established, under the patronage of Washburn College, the Washburn biological survey of Kansas, a work that has thrown much light on the fauna and flora of the great central plain of North America, and has resulted in the discovery of many new species of both animals and plants. Mr. Cragin is a member of the American association for the advancement of science, and of the Kansas academy of science. He has published the "Bulletin of the Washburn College Laboratory of Natural History" (September, 1884 et seq.), which contains the reports of the biological survey, with notes and a paper on the natural history of the west and southwest.
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