George Bishop Sudworth

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George Bishop Sudworth (31 August 1864 – 10 May 1927[1]) was an American botanist. At the time of his death, he was the Chief Dendrologist of the United States Forest Service.

Born in Kingston, Wisconsin, Sudworth graduated from the University of Michigan in 1885. In 1885-1886 he was an instructor in botany at Michigan State Agricultural College and entered the Forestry Division of the U. S. Department of Agriculture in 1886.[2] During his life, Sudworth published several books, but his most famous is A Check List of the Forest Trees of the United States.[3][4] Other works include "The Pine Trees of the Rocky Mountain Region" which was illustrated by Annie E. Hoyle.[5]

Sudworth discovered many new species and varieties of North American trees.

Sudworth was a founder of the Society of American Foresters, and was also a member of the Washington Academy of Sciences, the Biological and Botanical Societies of Washington, and an honorary member of the Finnish forestry association, Finska Forstsamfundet.


  1. ^ "George Bishop Sudworth". The Michigan Alumnus. 34: 238. 1927.
  2. ^ "Sudworth, George Bishop". District of Columbia: Concise biographical dictionary of its prominent and representative contemporary citizens: 456. 1908.
  3. ^ Fuller, G. D. (November 1927). "Reviewed work: Check List of the Forest Trees of the United States, Their Names and Ranges by G. B. Sudworth". Botanical Gazette. 84 (3): 332. doi:10.1086/333796. JSTOR 2470597.
  4. ^ Check list of the forest trees of the United States (1st ed.). 1898; 144 pages
  5. ^ "Annie E. Hoyle - USFS History - Forest History Society". Retrieved 2016-11-10.
  6. ^ IPNI.  Sudw.

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