Foster Hendrickson Benjamin (1895-1936), lepidopterist, was introduced to entomology by George P. Engelhardt and Jacob Doll. Following his graduation from Cornell in 1921, Benjamin worked for the Mississippi State Plant Board. In 1922, he became Curator of the William Barnes Museum at Decatur, Illinois, and in 1927 joined the United States Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Entomology. There he assisted in the investigations of the Mexican (Texas, 1927) and Mediterranean (Florida, 1929) fruit flies. In 1931 Benjamin transferred to the taxonomic staff of the Bureau of Entomology located in the United States National Museum, where he remained until his death.
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