George Marx was born in Hess, Germany, on June 22, 1838. He is known as an illustrator of renown. Marx completed pharmaceutical studies in Germany before moving to the United States in 1860. There, he served in the Union army during the American Civil War. After working as a pharmacist in Philadelphia, Marx accepted a position as a natural history illustrator with the United States Department of Agriculture in 1878. He received a M.D. degree in 1885. In 1889 he was made chief of the Division of Illustrations. Although acknowledged as an expert on spiders and scorpions, he is remembered primarily for his excellent illustrations. He died in Washington, DC, on January 3, 1895.
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