James Ferriss


James Ferriss

James Henry Ferriss (18 November 184917 March 1926) was an amateur conchologist. According to Henry Augustus Pilsbry, Ferriss was "the fore-most of American landshell collectors... as a collector he has probably never been surpassed."

Born in Kendall Township, Kendall County, Illinois, Ferriss moved to southeastern Kansas in 1869 to stake a claim as a farmer, freighter, and storekeeper. He returned to Illinois in 1872 to work as a reporter and editor of several newspapers in Joliet, Illinois.

A fiery prohibitionist, he purchased and edited the "Joliet News" in 1877 but was jailed that year for an editorial which offended a local political boss. He moved to Maine after the incident, but returned in 1882 to edit the "Joliet News" until 1915. He was National Chairman of the Populist Party Convention in 1904.

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* [http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/~ksc/Malacologists/FerrissJ.H.html James Henry Ferriss biography]


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