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LAZENBY, William Rane, horticulturist, born in Benton, New York, 5 December, 1852. He was graduated at Cornell in 1874, and subsequently became botanist to the New York state horticultural society and horticultural editor of the "Husbandman." Later he was appointed assistant professor of horticulture in Cornell, and secretary of the Cornell experiment station. In 1881 he was called to the chair of botany and horticulture in the Ohio state university, and in 1883 he received the additional appointment of director of the Ohio experiment station. Professor Lazenby was the author of the bills that established the New York and the Ohio experiment stations. He has also held the office of lecturer to the New York state grange, and was secretary of the National association of teachers of agriculture and horticulture in 1883-'7; also of the Society for the promotion of agricultural science. Professor Lazenby is a member of other scientific societies, and has written various papers on cross-fertilization, forest tree culture, and similar subjects, which he has contributed to the proceedings of the various societies of which he is a member, and to official reports.
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