Born 1865 near Bluffton; died 1953. Resided most of his life on land south of here where house, study, and arboretum located. A Bluffton druggist, he was avid collector of botanical specimens throughout the state 1890s - 1920s. Documented important biological transition taking place between eras of virgin forests and intensive agricultural cultivation.
Appointed Indiana's first State Forester (1909-1913, 1917-1928); Research Forster 1928-1940. Author of books on trees, shrubs, grasses, and flora of Indiana. Collections in Deam Herbarium, Indiana University, and Deam Arboretum, Bluffton. Charles C. Deam National Wilderness Area, 12,953-acre preserve, established in southern Indiana 1982.