Charles Alexandre Lesueur

Charles Alexandre Lesueur
Charles Alexandre Lesueur

1 January 1778 – 12 December 1846

Born: Havre-de-Grace, France

Died: Havre, France.

Occupation: Naturalist, Malacologist, Ichthyologist, Artist, Teacher; Curator of the Academy of Natural Science, Philadelphia after 1816; Curator of the Museum at Havre, France 1845-46.


Research Interests: He was the first to illustrate many of the fishes and other animals in the United States.

Travels: Artist on Baudin’s “Geograph” Expedition 1800-04; Settled in Philadelphia 1816-24; moved to New Harmony, Indiana, 1825-34; returned to France 1835.

Data from: Abbott, R.T., and M.E. Young (eds.). 1973. American Malacologists: A national register of professional and amateur malacologists and private shell collectors and biographies of early American mollusk workers born between 1618 and 1900. American Malacologists, Falls Church, Virginia. Consolidated/Drake Press, Philadelphia. 494 pp.

Other References: Pitzer, D.E. 1989. The original boatload of knowledge down the Ohio River: William McClure’s and Robert Owen’s transfer of Science and education to the Midwest, 1825-1826. Ohio Journal of Science 89(5):128-142.