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Jane Colden was born on March 27, 1724, in New York City. Both her parents, who were Scottish immigrants, came from respected and well-educated families. Her mother, Alice (Christie) Colden, was the daughter of a clergyman. Her father, Cadwallader Colden, graduated from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where he studied medicine. His love of science was a major influence on his daughter. Cadwallader settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1710 and then moved to New York City in 1718. He held a variety of government positions, including surveyor general, acting governor, and member of the council of the Province of New York.

Although Cadwallader was active in politics throughout his life, his main interest was the study of science. Therefore, when Colden was four years old, Cadwallader moved his family to Coldengham estate, which was located just outside Newburgh, New York. He then devoted his attention to science, mainly...

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