Benjamin Dann Walsh

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Benjamin Dannimadon Walsh
Born 1808
Died 1869
Nationality USA
Fields Entomology

Benjamin Dann Walsh (September 21, 1808 – November 18, 1869) was an English-born American entomologist, serving as the first official state entomologist in Illinois from 1867 to 1869.[1]

He was born in Worcestershire, England, the son of Benjamin Walsh MP. He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge.[2] He married Rebecca Finn in 1838 and they emigrated from their native England to the United States, first to Chicago, then to a farm near Cambridge, Illinois. He moved to Rock Island, Illinois in 1851, working in the lumber business until 1858. In 1860 he first published some of his entomological research, completing 385 works during his life, plus another 478 works with co-author Charles V. Riley. He also cofounded and edited the American Entomologist with Riley. After a railroad accident near Rock Island, he died on November 18, 1869.[3]


  1. ^ Obituary in Tilton's Journal of Horticulture and Florist's Companion, Volumes 7-8, J. E. Tilton and company, 1870
  2. ^ "Walsh (WLS827BD)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ Illinois Historical Markers

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