Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Benjamin Smith Barton
1766 - 1815
Physician, professor of natural history at the University of Pennsylvania. Author of first American botany textbook. In 1803, he taught natural history to Meriwether Lewis in preparation for Lewis & Clark Expecition, 1803 - 1806. He lived here.
Erected 2004 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 39° 57.174′ N, 75° 9.094′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Arch Street and North 7th Street on Arch Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 32-98 North 7th Street, Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First United States Mint (within shouting distance of this marker); The Barrymores (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pennsylvania Hall (about 700 feet away); American Pharmaceutical Association (about 700 feet away); Bicentennial Dawn (about 700 feet away); Rohm and Haas [Headquarters] (about 800 feet away); “. . .it was intended to be an expression of the American mind. . .” (about 800 feet away); The Graff House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
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1. Benjamin Smith Barton (1766-1815). "Benjamin Barton at 37 years of age was the youngest of the five APS members to whom Jefferson referred Lewis. Barton expressed an interest, were his health sufficient, in accompanying Lewis at least part of the way. Initial promise but ultimate failure to fulfill exemplified Barton's role in the history of the expedition and in other projects he contemplated." (Submitted on November 20, 2009.)
2. Benjamin Smith Barton. "Benjamin Smith Barton was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on 10 February 1766. He began his education in Philadelphia, but left in 1786 to pursue the study of medicine in Edinburgh and London." (Submitted on November 20, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. Benjamin Smith Barton - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2009, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,124 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2009, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. 3. submitted on November 20, 2009. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.