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JOHN BARTRAM (1699-1777)

His Majesty's Botanist for North America

His work describing and documenting American flora aided Linnaeus's pioneering efforts to develop a modern classification system for plants and animals.

Like many intellectuals of his era, Bartram was interested in all things philosophic and scientific. He founded the American Philosophical Society with his friend, Benjamin Franklin.


John Bartram had nine children. Two of them, John Jr. and William, also became well known in the areas of botany, travel and geography.