1818: Born November 21, near Aurora, New York
1840: Graduated from Union College, Schenectady, New York
1844: Moved to Rochester, New York to practice law
1851: Published League of the Ho-de’-no-sau-nee, or Iroquois.
1851: August 13, married Mary Elizabeth Steele
1861: Served in the New York State Assembly
1868: Published The American Beaver
1868-69: Served in the New York State Senate
1870-71: Toured Europe with his wife and son
1871: Published Systems of Consanguinity and Affinity …
1877: Published Ancient Society
1879: Elected President of American Association for the Advancement of Science.
1881: Published Houses and House-life of the American Aborigines
1881: Died December 17, Rochester, New York

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