Botanist, Educator & Administrator
Charles Bessey (1845 - 1915) was a highly recognized botany and horticulture professor at the University of Nebraska.
He taught at the university from 1884 - 1915 and served as chancellor from 1888 - 1891.
Bessey authored a federal legislation establishing agricultural experimentation stations at land-grant universities. His experiments with tree planting in the Nebraska Sandhills and his tireless promotion of the idea led to the establishment of the man-made Nebraska National Forest by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902.
Charles Bessey was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 2007.
(Chancellor Bessey's perspective of smoking on campus)
(The result of Bessey's suggestion to plant trees in the Sand Hills.)