Harry S. Peck
Harry Sliter Peck was born in Albany County, New York in May of 1862, the son of Mary Catherine Sliter and Prof. Charles Horton Peck, a teacher and botanist (mycologist); Charles was the New York State Botanist from 1867 to 1915, and took charge of the Botany Department at the New York State Museum in 1867. Thus young Harry grew up with a committed naturalists as a father, and developed his own interest in minerals which he no doubt was exposed to on occasion at the New York State Museum.
Harry graduated from Albany High School in 1880, and married Grace C. Thomas in 1886 (she died childless in 1938).
By 1890 (age 28), Harry was already a seasoned mineral collector, and contributed a specimen of diaspore to the New York State Museum. In 1920 he traded a corundum specimen to the American Museum of Natural History. He was a charter member of the Mineralogical Society of America in 1916, and was listed in the 1898 to 1905 Naturalist's Directory as interested in mineralogy.
Professionally Harry worked as a bookkeeper in Albany from 1881 to 1896, and from 1899 to 1916 he served as a "superintendant" for Cotrell & Leonard (in 1908), a manufacturer and clothing supplier in Albany. As of 1910 to 1920 he served as a buyer for a fur house in Colonie, Albany County, New York, living with Grace in the household of his father and mother, next door to his brother Charles Peck. In 1930 he was working as a salesman in a department store in Menands, Albany County, New York, living with Grace next door to his brother Charles Peck.
Harry died in Albany, New York in 1937.
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