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LINSLEY, James Harvey, naturalist, born in Northford, Connecticut, 5 May, 1787; died in Stratford, Connecticut, 26 December. 1843. He was graduated at Yale in 1817, and ordained to the Baptist ministry, but delicate health prevented his preaching. He then devoted himself to the study of natural history, and collected a valuable cabinet of specimens, discovering more species of birds in Connecticut alone than had previously been catalogued as existing in the United States, more mammalia than had been found elsewhere in New England, and double the number of shells that were supposed to exist there. He prepared a series of papers on the zoology of Connecticut for the Yale natural history society that were published under the title of "Catalogue of the Mammalia of Connecticut" in the "American Journal of Science and Arts," and also contributed to that magazine "Catalogues of the Birds, Fishes, and Reptiles of Connecticut, with Notes" (1842-'3). See "Memoir of James H. Linsley," by his daughter (Hartford, 1845).
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