Turner, Jonathan B.
Born: 1805-12-07 Massachusetts
Died: 1899-01-10 Jacksonville, Illinois
Flourished: 1833 to 1899 Jacksonville, Illinois
Jonathan B. Turner, educator and horticulturalist, was born on a farm outside of Templeton, Massachusetts, and was educated in local schools before attending Yale University, from which he graduated in 1833. Before the end of his final term that year, Turner accepted a position teaching Greek and Latin at Illinois College and settled permanently in Jacksonville, Illinois. The following year, he was appointed professor of rhetoric and belles-lettres, and he taught at the college for fifteen years, until he resigned about 1848. In 1843 and 1844, Turner edited the short-lived
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