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CARPENTER, William Lewis, soldier, born in Dunkirk, New York, 13 January, 1844. He received a pub-lic-school education in his native City, and in 1864 enlisted as a private in the artillery of the Army of the 'Potomac. in 1867 he was promoted to a second lieutenancy in the 9th infantry, United States army, and in 1873 to the rank of first lieutenant. His attention was directed to natural history, and he became in 1873 naturalist to the United States geological • survey, and two years later was called to a similar office on the geographical survey. In connection with this work he furnished valuable reports, which were published by the government in the annual reports of the surveys during the years mentioned. In 1877 he was elected a fellow of the American association for the advancement of science.
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