Benjamin Smith Barton (1766 -1815) was a prominent American physician, botanist and zoologist, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He wrote the first American textbook on botany, as well as the natural history of the Lewis and Clark expedition. As a Christian, he was vitally interested in ethnology and the origin of the different tribes and nations. In his writings he defended the Biblical doctrine of the unity of the human race and their dispersion from Ararat. He also believed in recent creation as the Bible describes.
Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.