Spencer Fullerton Baird

1823 (Reading, Penn.) – 1887 (Woods Hole, Mass.)

The young Baird struck up a correspondence with Audubon, sending details of two previously unknown birds, and receiving a large part of Audubon’s collection of stuffed birds in return. Agassiz and Brewer were among those Baird wrote to in order to extend his contacts. Baird knew Leconte, and worked with Henry at the nascent Smithsonian Institution, following him as director.