Photo of Charles Pollard


Charles was born on March 29, 1872, in New York City. He attended Columbia University and earned aBA degree in 1893 and an MA degree in 1894. He was an assistant curator in the U.S.Department of Agriculture Division of Botany (1894-95) and then at the U.S. National Museum (1895-1903), collecting plants in the southeastern United States and Cuba. He was editor of Plant World from 1897 to 1913 and was consulting botanist for G. & C. Merriam Co. of Springfield, Massachusetts, (1903-06), contributing botanical and horticultural terms to various dictionaries. He became curator in chief and patron of the Public Museum of Staten Island Association of Arts and Science (1907-13), was an executive in the Boy Scouts of America (1917-20) and became librarian of the Canfield Free Library in Arlington, Vermont, in 1937.

Charles died in Arlington, Vermont, on August 16, 1945, a respected botanical scholar.

Charles was a founder of the Club in 1900, and, as its first president, was a moving force in establishing the Club, getting it incorporated in 1901. When he left the area he paid his dues ($3) and offered his resignation. It was refused and he was made an honorary member in 1908.