NW Quadrant, East of Rock Creek, Environmentalists, Federal Government Employees, Also of Interest

William Temple Hornaday
(December 1, 1854 – March 6, 1937)

404 U St. NW, Le Droit Park neighborhood, DC.

Hornaday is the author of fifteen books of nonfiction, as well as poems and songs. His books include: Two Years in the Jungle (1885), The Extermination of the American Bison (1887), American Natural History (1904), Campfires in the Canadian Rockies (1906), and Our Vanishing Wild Life (1913).

Hornaday was chief taxidermist of the US National Museum from 1882 to 1890, where he revolutionized museum exhibits by displaying wildlife in their natural settings. He is one of the founders of the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park, and later served as Director of the Bronx Zoo for 30 years and was co-founder (with Theodore Roosevelt) and president of the American Bison Society. Hornaday is credited with discovering the American crocodile, saving the American bison and the Alaskan fur seal from extinction, and founding the American conservation movement.

Author photo courtesy of Library of Congress.