John Gill Lemmon (Jan 2, 1832 - Nov 24, 1908) was a descendant of explorer Henry Hudson. 1

J G Lemmon was born in Michigan in 1832. He served in the Civil War and was a prisoner in Andersonville and Florence. The unit he served in, the Fourth Michigan Cavalry, captured Jefferson Davis in May of 1865, although Mr. Lemmon was by then recuperating from his time as a prisoner of war. 4 5 He came to California in 1866. Lemmon and his wife, Sara Plummer Lemmon, were botanists. They met in Santa Barbara in 1876 and were married in 1880.  For eight months out of every year, the two worked in the field.

A species of potato plant the Lemmons found in Arizona was named after Mr. Lemmon in 1876. Mr Lemmon often photographed the plants that Mrs. Lemmon would paint. He was the author of a book "Cone-Bearing Trees of the Pacific Slope" and published in Pittonia

Physically, he was described as tall and thin with blue eyes and brown hair with a nervous and quick demeanor.4 The Lemmons lived at 5985 (later 5979) Telegraph Avenue, where they developed the Lemmon Herbarium.

Lemmon served briefly on City Council after the death of Charles Kramm. Jr. Mayor Snow appointed him, selecting him from the hundreds of people who clamored for the job.2

J. G. Lemmon is buried next to his wife in Mountain View Cemetery.

Links and References

  1.  History of the State of California and biographical record of coast counties, James Miller Guinn

  2. Prof. Lemmon Is Chosen, Oakland Tribune, Feb 12, 1900.
  3. Botany Their Hobby, San Francisco Chronicle, Apr 22, 1894 ProQuestDocuments-2013-05-27.pdf
  4. John G. Lemmon Dies SuddenlyOakland Tribune, November 25, 1908

  5. John Gill Lemmon: Andersonville Survivor and California Botanistby Brad Agnew and Kelly Agnew