Snow, Francis Huntington, son of Benjamin and Mary B. (Boutelle) Snow, was born in Fitchburg, Mass., June 29, 1840. One of his paternal ancestors, Richard Warren, was a member of the Mayflower company. Mr. Snow attended the Fitchburg high school in preparation for Williams College, where he graduated in 1862, standing first in his class. After teaching one year as principal of the Fitchburg high school he entered the Andover Theological Seminary, completing its course of study in 1866. This same year he received his master's degree from Williams. After leaving Andover Seminary he preached for a while, although not regularly installed as pastor. "He served two seasons with the Christian commission at the front of the Union army, being present at Lee's surrender." In 1866 he was elected to the first faculty of the University of Kansas as professor of mathematics and natural sciences. During the first year he spent in Lawrence he preached almost every Sunday in nearby pulpits. He was married on June 8, 1868, to Jane Appleton Aiken. In 1870 Mr. Snow became professor of natural history in the University of Kansas, and during the next decade he organized the collecting expeditions which have resulted in the natural history museum at the university. In the entomological collection there are more than 200 species of insects discovered by him. He started the first scientific publication of the university, "The Observer of Nature." For some years he was editor of the scientific journal "Psyche." He made frequent contributions to the university bulletins and reports and to the Kansas Academy of Sciences, of which he was a founder and president. Throughout his connection with the university he made and published systematic meteorological reports. In 1881 Mr. Snow received the degree of Ph. D. from Williams College, and in 1890 the degree of LL. D. from Princeton. In 1886 the legislature appropriated $50,000 for the erection of a new building which was named Snow Hall of Natural History in his honor. In 1890 the university received a bequest from Dr. Snow's uncle, William B. Spooner, with which Spooner library and the chancellor's residence were erected. Dr. Snow was a member of the College fraternity Delta Upsilon, and of the honorary societies Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa. Aside from his work as instructor and executive of the university he became prominent through the discovery of a fungus fatal to chinch bugs and its propagation and distribution. He died at Delafield, Wis., Sept. 21, 1908, and is survived by his wife and four of his five children.Pages 710-711 from volume II of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed July 2002 by Carolyn Ward.
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