Dr Asa Fitch, Jr

Dr Asa Fitch, Jr

Birth
Salem, Washington County, New York, USA
Death 8 Apr 1879 (aged 70)
Salem, Washington County, New York, USA
Burial Salem, Washington County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 21372918 · View Source
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Son of Asa and Abigail Martin FITCH, husband to Elizabeth McNEIL. Children: Asa James and Charles L.

His early studies were of both natural history and medicine, which he studied at the newly formed Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduating in 1827. However, in 1838 he decided to start studying agriculture and entomology. In 1838 he began to collect and study insects for New York state. In 1854 he became the first professional Entomologist of New York State Agricultural Society (commissioned by the State of New York). This made him the first occupational entomologist in the United States.

His vast studies of many insects helped scientists to solve some of the crop damage caused by insects. Many notebooks are now the property of the Smithsonian Institution.



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  • Created by: Scott and Priscilla Butler Fraser
  • Added: 5 Sep 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21372918
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Asa Fitch, Jr (24 Feb 1809–8 Apr 1879), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21372918, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Salem, Washington County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Scott and Priscilla Butler Fraser (contributor 46859858) .