Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Marlatt, Charles Lester

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_1731

Charles Marlatt was born in 1863. He attended Kansas State University, where he received a B.S. in 1884 and an M.S. in 1886. He joined the staff at Kansas State in 1887, but in 1889 C. V. Riley hired him to work in Washington, DC, as an assistant entomologist and artist. Riley became first assistant entomologist and assistant chief of the Division of Entomology in 1894, a position he held until 1925. It is largely through Marlatt’s persistent efforts that the Plant Quarantine Act of 1912, important legislation that helped curb the unregulated movement of plants (and insects) into the United States, was passed. In 1927 he was named chief of the Bureau of Entomology, a job he held in addition to the position as Chief of the Plant Quarantine and Control Administration. He administered the Plant Quarantine Act until 1929. Marlatt was an authority on both sawflies and scale insects, and in 1900 assumed responsibility for the government’s collection of scales. He played an important role in...

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