Joseph Albert Lintner, Ph. D., of German descent, is a son of Rev. George Ames Lintner, D.D., who was born in Minden, Montgomery county, N. Y., in 1796, was graduated from Union College in 1817 and was pastor of the Lutheran churches of Schoharie, Middleburg and Cobleskill for many years. Prof. Lintner was born in Schoharie, February 8, 1822, attended the Jefferson Academy, was graduated from the Schoharie Academy in 1837 and spent ten years in mercantile pursuits in New York city, where he also prosecuted his studies under the Mercantile Library Association. He contributed scientific articles to the Tribune and other newspapers, and returning to Schoharie in 1848, engaged anew in mercantile business. In 1853 he began a collection of insects, and in 1860 removed to Utica, where for seven years he manufactured woolen goods. Meanwhile he had steadily pursued his scientific studies, for which he had a natural taste and unusual capacity. In 1868 he became zoological assistant in the State Museum of Natural History at Albany; in 1880 he was appointed by Governor Cornell State entomologist; in 1883 he was placed on the scientific staff of the museum, a position he still holds. He has written about 1,000 papers on scientific subjects, published eleven annual Reports on the Injurious and other Insects, of the State of New York, and is widely recognized as one of the foremost entomologists of the world. His services in the interest of agriculture and allied pursuits have been of great value to both the State and nation. He is a forceful speaker, an accomplished writer and a man of not only high scientific, but of rare personal attainments. In 1884 the Regents of the University of the State of New York conferred upon him the honorary degree of Ph. D. He was president of the Entomological Club of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association of Economic Entomologists, two years each, has been president of the department of natural science in the Albany Institute since 1879 and is a member of the American Entomological Society, the Entomological Society of Washington, D. C, the Entomological Society of Ontario, Canada, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences, the Cambridge Entomological Club, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Davenport, Iowa, the Oneida Historical Society, the Kansas State Horticultural Society, the New York State Agricultural Society, the Musee Royal d'Histoire Naturelle de Beige, Societe Imperiale des Naturalistes de Moscou, and Societe Entomologique de France, and since August 31, 1873, fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. October 3, 1856, he married Frances C, daughter of Hon. Holmes Hutchinson, of Utica, N. Y. Their children are George A., of Minneapolis, and Charles H. of St. Paul, Minn.; and Mary C. and Laura B., of Albany, N. Y.
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