This Day In History: 1869-07-30


George Suckley (1830 – 1869) died on this day.
He was a US physician and naturalist. Suckley was appointed assistant surgeon and naturalist to the Pacific Railroad Survey of the 47th and 49th parallels between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Fort Vancouver, Washington Territory (1853). His work included a 1,049 mile, 53-day canoe trip down the Bitter Root, Clark’s Fork, and Columbia Rivers to Fort Vancouver, during which he made extensive natural history collections. Suckley was commissioned Assistant Surgeon, United States Army (1853), he obtained leave of absence for six months, which he partially spent collecting natural history specimens in Panama with James G. Cooper (1854). Suckley resigned from the Army (1856), and spent the next five years pursued his interest in natural history. During this period, Suckley was assigned to write the reports on the mammals and salmonidae collected by the Northwest Boundary Survey of 1857. Co-authored The Natural History of Washington Territory (1859) with Cooper.

Suckley described 22 salmonid taxa and is honoured in the names of a number of species under suckleyi.