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STOLLEY, GEORGE

STOLLEY, GEORGE (ca. 1817–1911). George Stolley, naturalist and geologist, was born around 1817 in Warder, now in Germany. He attended Segeberg Teachers' Academy near Hamburg and came to New York by 1850. As assistant to naturalist Louis Agassiz, he did geological and zoological survey work in Missouri and other midwestern states. He came to Texas by 1852 and spent the next four years doing field studies in the northern interior of the state. In 1856, in The Texas Immigrant and Traveler's Guide Book, Jacob de Córdova published Stolley's report on the geology, minerals, birds, and animals of the Cooke district, between the Wichita and Pease rivers. On September 29, 1867, Stolley married Mrs. Julia Schroetter Hoppe; they had four children. For a number of years Stolley taught at the German-American School in Austin and in 1874 established Stolley's Select Academy there. In 1882 and 1889–90 he was principal of the German English Academy in Austin. He was interested in archeology, meteorology, geology, and paleontology. In 1883 he sent the United States National Museum fifty-nine boxes of fossils and a collection of bats and reptiles from Texas. He also sent collections to European museums. He died around December 1911 near Burnet.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Mary Starr Barkley, History of Travis County and Austin, 1839–1899 (Waco: Texian Press, 1963). S. W. Geiser, "Men of Science in Texas, 1820–1880," Field and Laboratory 26–27 (July-October 1958-October 1959).

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