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MARCY, Oliver, educator, born in Coleraine, Massachusetts, 13 February, 1820. He was graduated at Wesleyan in 1846, and then taught natural science in various academies. In 1862 he became professor of natural history in Northwestern university, and has since held that chair, also acting as president since 1876. During 1866 he was geologist on the government road from Lewiston, Idaho, to Virginia City, Montana. He is a member of various scientific societies, and in 1876 received the degree of LL.D. from the University of Chicago. Professor Marcy has published scientific articles and addresses, and also a "Record of the Marcy Family" in the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register" for July, 1875.
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