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Moses Quinby (April 16, 1810 – May 27, 1875),[1] a native of St. Johnsville, New York, was one of the first commercial beekeepers in the United States. He frequently contributed articles the the American Agriculturalist magazine.[2]

Quinby established his beekeeping business in his early 20s. His business would eventually grow to house around 1,200 hives in the Mohawk Valley region of New York.

Among his innovations in beekeeping, he is credited with the invention of the modern bee smoker with bellows, and the first practical knife to remove honeycomb caps. He is also the author of the book "Mysteries of Bee-Keeping Explained"(1853).[3][4][5][6] After his death in 1875, his son-in-law, Lyman C. Root (1840-1928) revised the book to bring it up to date and added more illustrations.[7][8][9]


  1. Moses Quinby - ID: 1818925 - NYPL Digital Gallery. New York Public Library. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  2. p. 92 "Obituary Notices". Gleanings in Bee Culture 3 (7). July 1, 1895.;view=1up;seq=124. 
  3. Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained by M. Quinby. Project Gutenberg. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  4. Mysteries of beekeeping explained (1918). Internet Archive. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  5. Mysteries of beekeeping explained. Open Library. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  6. UBC Library - Moses Quinby. The University of British Columbia Library. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  7. Abuzz About Bees: 400 Years of Bees and Beekeeping. Cornell University. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  8. Quinby's new bee-keeping. Internet Archive. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.
  9. Quinby's new bee-keeping : the mysteries of bee-keeping explained. Hathi Trust Digital Library. Retrieved on December 4, 2011.

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