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A Love Affair with BirdsThe Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts$
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Sue Leaf

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675647

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675647.001.0001

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A Family Man

A Family Man

(p.86) Chapter 7 A Family Man
A Love Affair with Birds

Sue Leaf

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter looks into the life of Thomas Sadler Roberts as he began his medical career. At the same time he had to be a dutiful son to an ailing father, and a good husband, and father. Following his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania in 1885, Roberts returned briefly to Minneapolis to see his parents and to propose to Jennie Cleveland. After a period of residency, he returned in 1886 where he got married and was able to buy a home. That space would also serve as his office. Soon after, Roberts became a father to three children, Thomas Cleveland, Catharine Lyon, and John Carroll. Adjacent to changes in Roberts’ life, Minnesota was experiencing changes of its own brought by rapid modernization and urbanization, which Roberts noted in his journal, severely affected the wildlife. One notable example was when he discovered that the last Passenger Pigeon was recorded in 1895.

Keywords:   Thomas Sadler Roberts, medical career, University of Pennsylvania, Minneapolis, Minnesota, modernization, urbanization, Passenger Pigeon

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