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FLAGG, Wilson, naturalist, born in Beverly, Massachusetts, 5 November 1805; died in North Cambridge, Massachusetts, 6 May 1884. He was educated at Phillips Andovet academy, and entered Harvard in 1823, but remained there only three months, leaving to devote himself to the study of medicine; he, however, never practiced. In early manhood he made a pedestrian tour alone from Tennessee to Virginia, and thence home. He also delivered lectures about the same time on natural science. Meanwhile he had developed a taste for political discussion, and became a frequent contributor to the Boston " Weekly Magazine" and the Boston "Post." In 1840 he ceased writing on political subjects, and turned his attention almost exclusively to the agricultural journals. His papers in "Hovey's Magazine of Horticulture" formed the basis of his first book.
Many of his articles also appeared in the "Atlantic Monthly." From 1844 till 1848 he was employed in the Boston customhouse, in 1856 he removed to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he afterward re sided. He was the author of "Studies in the Field and Forest" (Boston, 1857); " Woods and By Ways of New End' land" (1872); and " Birds and Seasons of New England" (1875). He also edited " Mount Auburn, its Scenes, its Beauties," and its Lessons." Most of the matter contained in the three mentioned has been republished, with some new material, under the title "Halcyon Days," "A Year with the [Frees," and "A Year with the Birds" (3 vols., Boston, 1881).His son, Isaac, educator, born in Beverly, Massachusetts, 7 September 1843, was a student at Phillips Andover academy, and graduated at Harvard in 1864. After serving as tutor in Greek at Harvard from 1865 till 1869, he studied in the universities of Berlin and Gottingen during 1870'1. He has since been professor of Greek at Cornell University, and has edited " The Hellenic Orations of Demosthenes" (Boston, 1864) and "The Seven Against Thebes of AEschylus" (Boston, 1885).
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