Dr. David Hosack was a pioneering physician and botanist who created the first botanical garden of the United States (which is now buried deep beneath Rockefeller Center). He left behind a rich legacy that stressed the importance of medicine and botany in the development of the burgeoning Republic. A little known fact: he was the doctor on duty at the infamous Hamilton-Burr duel in 1804. Join author Victoria Johnson, associate professor of urban policy and planning at Hunter College, for a lively conversation with Jeff Richman, Green-Wood’s historian, about this remarkable, but largely forgotten, man; his many friends who are interred at Green-Wood; and the relationship between his Elgin Gardens and the Cemetery. Johnson’s American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden, which both the Wall Street Journal and Ron Chernow (author of Alexander Hamilton) have called “captivating,” was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Nonfiction, the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography, and the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History.
This conversation is part of our series of virtual programs about the history of Green-Wood and its permanent residents, Zooming in on History.
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