: William Starling Sullivant (1803-1873) was a famous botanist who studied and cataloged the plant life of central Ohio. In 1840, he published his findings in "A Catalogue of Plants, Native and Naturalized, in the Vicinity of Columbus, Ohio." At the time of his death, he was recognized as the foremost bryologist, an expert on mosses, in the United States. He was posthumously elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1872, and has a moss, “Sullivantia Ohioensis,” named in his honor.
He was also the son of Lucas Sullivant, a surveyor, soldier and settler in central Ohio in the years after the American Revolution. Lucas Sullivant originally laid out the town of Franklinton, which is now part of Columbus. View on Ohio Memory.
: AL04186 Subjects
: Scientists; Ohio History--Natural and Native Ohio; Plants and Animals; Columbus (Ohio); Ohio History--Settlement and Early Statehood; Places
: Franklinton (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)