Samuel Stillman Berry
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|Samuel Stillman Berry|
S. Stillman (Samuel Stillman) Berry, 1887-1984, is seated holding a rare book from his collection. Selected publications from his library are housed in the National Museum of Natural History
March 16, 1887|
Unity, Maine, United States
|Died||1984 (aged 96–97)|
|Citizenship||United States of America|
|Alma mater||Stanford University|
He was born in Unity, Maine but the family home was the Winnecook Ranch in Montana, which had been founded by his father Ralph in 1880. In 1897, he moved with his mother and two cousins to Redlands, California.
From 1913 until 1918, he worked as a librarian and research assistant at the Scripps Institution for Biological Research in La Jolla, California. This was the last paid employment he ever held in academia—all his later studies and expeditions were financed by the profits from the family ranch in Montana.
Berry also had an interest in horticulture, where he concentrated on the hybridization of irises and daffodils. For some time, from the 1920s until the late 1940s, he even ran a horticultural business from Winnecook Ranch, which he had taken over after the death of his father in 1911. In 1917 he became the president of the Winnecook Ranch Company, a post he occupied until his death in 1984.