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Theodore Lyman

Theodore Lyman, American zoologist, congressman. member American Academy Arts and Sciences.


  • Lyman, Theodore was born on August 23, 1833 in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Theodore and Mary Elizabeth (Henderson) Lyman.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1855, Bachelor of Science, 1858.


    • Studied zoology under Louis Agassiz at Lawrence Scientific School, joined Agassiz’ scientific expedition in Florida, 1855-1858. Elected as original member Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard, 1859. Collected scientific data on the ophiuridae in Europe, 1861-1863.

      Served under General Meade in Civil War, 1863-1865. Chairman Fisheries communications of Massachusetts, 1866. President American Fish Cultural Association, 1884.

      Overseer Harvard, 1868. Member American Academy Arts and Sciences, member United States House of Representatives from Mass, 48th Congress, 1883-1885.


    Member American Academy Arts and Sciences.


    • Married Elizabeth Russell, November 28, 1856.
    • father: Theodore Lyman
    • mother: Mary Elizabeth (Henderson) Lyman
    • spouse: Elizabeth Russell
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    Died September 9, 1897
    (aged 64)