Nebraska Authors

Thomas Jefferson Fitzpatrick

Born 1868-04-02 Centerville, IA (USA)

Died 1952-03-28
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Father of author Lilian Linder Fitzpatrick, he was a descendant of President Thomas Jefferson and owned several of his books in his collection. provides more information on Thomas Jefferson Fitzpatrick, whose outstanding book collection forms the basis of the University of Kansas' rare book collections. James McKee is a noted scholar of TJF, and speaks about him in the Humanities Nebraska's speakers bureau.

Places Lived

Centerville, IA
Mt. Pleasant, IA
Ames, IA
Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction


Botany; Iowa - Flora; Biographies


Undergraduate Studies, 1889, Iowa Wesleyan University, Mt. Pleasant, IA
Bachelor of Science Degree, 1893, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Master of Science Degree, 1895, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Graduate Studies, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Professor of Botany, Graceland College, Lamoni, IA
Field Collector, Iowa State Historical Society
Civil Engineer
Deputy County Surveyor
Assistant Professor of Botany, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Curator of the Herbarium, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
President, Enterprise Publishing Company

Places Worked

Taught in various schools in Iowa
Iowa State Historical Society
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


American Men of Science, 1906
Baconian Club
Sigma Xi
Delta Sigma Phi
Iowa State Teachers Association
Fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Iowa State Historical Society
Mississippi Valley Historical Association
Iowa Engineers Society
Iowa Academy of Science
Nebraska Academy of Science, Chairman, Division of History and Philosophy of Science


Decay of Timber. 1893.
Ferns of Iowa. 1896.
Flora of Northwestern Iowa. 1897.
Flora of Southern Iowa. 1897.
Manual of the Flowering Plants of Iowa. 1899.
Orchidaceae of Iowa. 1899.
Ranunculaceae of Iowa. 1901.
Scrophulariaceae of Iowa. 1902.
Liliales of Iowa. 1906.
Rafinesque: A Sketch of His Life with Bibliography. 1911.

He published over 200 articles in various literary and technical journals.

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