Parker Cleaveland, Brunswick, ca. 1855

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Parker Cleaveland (1780-1858), a professor at Bowdoin College, was known as the "Father of American Mineralogy."

Cleaveland, who was a 1799 graduate of Harvard, became Bowdoin's first professor of mathematics and natural philosophy in 1805. He later became interested in chemistry, geology and mineralogy after finding samples along the banks of the Kennebec and Androscoggin rivers.

In 1816, he wrote An Elementary Treatise on Mineralogy and Geology that became the standard text of the time.

Artist Charles Granger (1812-1893), a portrait painter from Saco, helped found the York Institute, an organization dedicated to promoting the study of Natural History as well as the history of York County. The Institute's collections are part of present-day Saco Museum.

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  • Title: Parker Cleaveland, Brunswick, ca. 1855
  • Creator: Granger, Charles H.
  • Creation Date: circa 1855
  • Subject Date: circa 1855
  • Location: Brunswick, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Oil
  • Local Code: A86-964
  • Object Type: Image

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