GRANT, Chapman

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Chapman Grant (1887-1983)


GRANT, Chapman (1887-1983), born in New York on March 27, 1887, Major Chapman Grant was the last living grandson of the 18th president of the United States, President Ulysses S. Grant. He became career military man, herpetologist, avocational botanist, historian and publisher. In 1892 the Grant family moved to San Diego. Grant was graduated from Williams College in 1910. He began a career in the military and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the 14th U.S. Calvary. Grant continued his scientific studies while in the military, and in 1932 he established the magazine, Herpetologica. Grant retired with rank of Major.


In 1913 Chapman married Mabel Lillian Pennebacker, and they had two children:

  • Mabel Chapman Grant (1918-1978)
  • Ulysses Simpson Grant V (1920-2011)

Grant participated in several expeditions led by the San Diego Museum of Natural History. In 1982 the Major Chapman Grant Hall of Ecology was established in the San Diego Museum of Natural History in his honor. He died on January 5, 1983 at the age of 95, and is buried in San Francisco National Cemetery.

Chapman Grant collected on four California Channel Island:

  • San Clemente Island (1948, 1949)
  • Santa Catalina Island (1948)
  • Santa Cruz Island (1948)
  • Santa Rosa Island (1948)


In 1949, G. F. Knowlton recorded the insects in gut contents of two species of lizards collected on Santa Rosa Island on August 10-11, 1948, during a visit by the Orca expedition sponsored by the Sefton Foundation and San Diego Natural History Museum. [Miller, Scott. 1996]




Island Collections~

San Clemente Island

8/16/1948 SDMNH herps 2/1949 SDMNH herps


Santa Catalina Island

8/14/1948 SDMNH herps


Santa Cruz Island

8/9/1948 SDNHM herps


ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SD August 10, 1948 SD-43360 Pinus torreyana subsp. insularis Plants
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18393 Pseudacris regilla Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18394 Pseudacris regilla Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18395 Pseudacris regilla Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18396 Pseudacris regilla Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18397 Pseudacris regilla Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18398 Pseudacris regilla Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18399 Pseudacris regilla Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18400 Pseudacris regilla Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18401 Pseudacris regilla Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18402 Pseudacris regilla Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18403 Pseudacris regilla Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18404 Pseudacris regilla Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18406 Pseudacris regilla Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18406 Pseudacris regilla Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18445 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18446 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18447 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18448 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18449 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18450 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18451 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18452 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 10, 1948 SDMNH-18453 Elgaria multicarinata Herps
Santa Rosa Island Chapman Grant SDMNH August 11, 1948 SDMNH-18410 Pituophis catenifer Herps