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JAMES, Joseph Francis, botanist, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, 8 February, 1857. He is the son of Uriah P. James, who is the owner of one of the finest collections of fossils in Ohio and the publisher of "The Paleontologist." The son received a common school education in Cincinnati. subsequently turned his attention to botany, and in 1881 he was appointed custodian of the Cincinnati society of natural history. He was given complete charge of the large collections of that society, and during his tenure of office arranged, labeled, and catalogued the library, and specimens in botany, zoology, mineralogy, geology, and other subjects. This place he resigned in August, 1886, to take the chair of botany and geology in Miami university, Oxford, Ohio, and meanwhile since 1883 he has also held the professorship of botany in the department of pharmacy in the University of Cincinnati. He is a member of scientific societies, and the author of frequent papers on botany and geology in scientific journals.
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