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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: June 16, 2022 10:58 AM
From: Representative Christina D. Sappey
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Honoring Humphry Marshall on the 300th anniversary of his birth
Humphry Marshall was born on October 10, 1722, to English Quaker immigrants who established a farm near the west branch of the Brandywine Creek in Chester County, Pennsylvania. In his youth, Marshall spent his time working in agriculture and became an apprentice to a stone mason before assuming responsibility for his family’s farm around 1748.
Shortly thereafter, Marshall began taking foraging trips, during which time he gathered plants and seeds that he used to establish a small botanical garden on his family property. This led Marshall to begin collecting seeds for his cousin John Bartram, a renowned botanist, horticulturalist, and explorer who established the Bartram Botanic Garden and Nursery near Philadelphia. With Bartram’s encouragement and advice, Marshall developed considerable skills as a practical botanist and became known by the scientific community as a collector and global supplier of native plant and animal specimens.
He was later elected as a corresponding member of the American Society (now known as the American Philosophical Society), which was founded by Benjamin Franklin to promote knowledge in the sciences and humanities through research, meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach. While Humphry Marshall died in 1801, the present-day village and historic district of Marshallton, located in West Bradford Township, Chester County, bears the surname of the Marshall family and serves as a reminder of the important botanical contributions that Humphry Marshall made to the scientific world.
Please join me in honoring Humphry Marshall’s life, accomplishments, and service to the scientific community on October 10, 2022, the 300th anniversary of his birth.

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