Nebraska Hall of Fame: Charles E. Bessey

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. 


Other Resources:

Charles E. Bessey - biographical column 

Smokers on Campus 

     (Chancellor Bessey's perspective of smoking on campus)

Nebraska National Forest 

     (The result of Bessey's suggestion to plant trees in the Sand Hills.) 

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