François-André Michaux

A Father and Son Duo

Today is the anniversary of the death of François-André Michaux, who died on this day in 1855.

François-Andre was the son of the botanist, Andrea Michaux. His father named an oak in his honor.
When François-Andre was 15 years old, he and his dad set sail for North America. The father and son team established botanical gardens in America and sent seeds and specimens back to France.
When Michaux died on this day in 1855, back home in his native France, Asa Gray shared the news in the American Journal of Sciences and Arts. A friend of Michaux shared that he had died from a stroke - but had spent the whole day "planting American trees and directing his journeyman."

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François-Andre Michaux
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