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Thomas T. Bouve
(1815-1896)

Thomas Tracy Bouve was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 14, 1815, the son of Lydia Cushing Tracy and Ephraim Osborn Bouvé, a cabinetmaker. In 1839 he married Emily Gilbert Lincoln, with whom he had seven children. He was a member of the Boston Society of Natural History since 1841, served first as cabinet keeper, then treasurer, later Curator of Geology and Paleontology, and finally as president from 1870 to 1880, following Jeffries Wyman who had become director of Harvard's Peabody Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology. Bouve was among the last of the doctors, lawyers, teachers, and businessmen who had originally built the Boston Society of Natural History.

According to Canfield (1923), Bouve donated most of his mineral collection to the Boston Society of Natural History, but also presented some choice specimens to the Public Library in Hingham, Massachusetts.

References:
CANFIELD, F. A. (1923) The final disposition of some American collections of minerals. Privately printed.
BOUVE, T. T. (1880) Historical Sketch of the Boston Society of Natural History: With a Notice of the Linnaean Society, which Preceded It. Anniversary Memoirs of the Boston Society of Natural History. Press of A.A. Kingman, Boston, MA. 250 pp.
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