US zoologist and soldier. He was one of the first trustees of the Museum of Comparative Zoology and he pursued his studies both at home and abroad. He volunteered during the Civil War and was present at several important occasions; his letters to his wife, published as Meade's Headquarters, 1863–65, Letters of Col Theodore Lyman from the Wilderness to Appomattox (1922) are a valuable source for students of the Civil War. He was a member of the House of Representatives (1883–85). Lyman was born in Waltham, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1855 and worked under Louis Agassiz.
Lyman, Theodore from The Hutchinson Encyclopedia