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Dean Conant Worcester

Husband of Marion Fay Leas, daughter of Frederic Leas and Electa Fay
Photo taken in the 1890's at Tomlinson in Detroit, Michigan
WORCESTER, Dean Conant, scientist, was born in Thetford, Vt., Oct. 1, 1866; son of Ezra Carter and Ellen (Conant) Worcester; grandson of Leonard and Elizabeth (Hopkins) Worcester, and of Dean and Almeria (Bonney) Conant, and a descendant of Rev. William Worcester, who came to America between 1638-1640, and settled at Salisbury, Mass. He was fitted for college at the Newton High school, Newtonville, Mass.; was graduated from the University of Michigan, A.B., 1889, meanwhile serving as a member of the Steere scientific expedition to the Philippine Islands, 1887-88, and continued at the university as assistant in botany, 1889-90, assisting in the conduct of the menage scientific expedition to the Philippines, 1890-93. He was married, April 27, 1893, to Marion Fay, daughter of Frederic and Elects Leas; was instructor in zo÷logy, 1893-95, and as assistant professor of zo÷logy and curator of the zo÷logical museum, 1895-99. He was appointed a U.S. Philippine commissioner by President McKinley, Jan. 17, 1889, with Admiral George Dewey, U.S.N., Gen. Elwell S. Otis, U.S.A., and President Schurman of Cornell, and the commission issued a conciliatory proclamation to the insurgents, April 4, 1899. In March, 1900, he was reappointed by President McKinley on the Philippine civil commission, made up of Judge William H. Taft, president, Professor Dean C. Worcester, Gen. Luke E. Wright, Henry C. Ide and Professor Bernard Moses (succeeded Jan. 1, 1903, by James F. Smith) to continue and perfect the work of organization and establishment of a civil government already commenced by the military authorities. The new commissioners reached Manila in April, 1900. Under their direction, government was established in the Philippines, June 21, 1901, with Judge Taft as military governor, and on July 3, 1902, civil government was established and military rule terminated in the archipelago by proclamation of the President of the United States.
-- From Worcester, Joseph Emerson, The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume X: W.
December 2000