William Dandridge Peck

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William Dandridge Peck (May 8, 1763 Boston – October 8, 1822 Cambridge, MA) was a botanist,[1] and America ’s first native entomologist. He was a professor at Harvard College. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1793.[2] Dandridge was also a founding member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1812,[3] and served as the society's first vice-president from 1812-1816.[4]His pioneering entomological article was "The Description and History of the Canker Worm", describing the species as Phalaena vernata, the spring cankerworm.[5]


  1. ^ "Entry for Peck, William Dandridge". IPNI. Retrieved April 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter P" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved August 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ American Antiquarian Society Members Directory
  4. ^ Dunbar, B. (1987). Members and Officers of the American Antiquarian Society. Worcester: American Antiquarian Society.
  5. ^ Peck, W. D. (1795). The Description and History of the Canker-Worm. Massachusetts Magazine, Or, Monthly Museum Of Knowledge & Rational Entertainment, 7(9), 324-327.
  6. ^ IPNI.  W.Peck. 


  • Anon. (1823). "Obituary Notice of Professor Peck". Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 10: 161–170. 
  • Mallis, Arnold (1971). American Entomologists. Rutgers University Press. pp. 13–16. ISBN 0-8135-0686-7. 
  • Sorenson, W. Conner (1995). Brethren of the Net: American Entomology, 1840-1880. University of Alabama Press. pp. 64–65. 

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