1859 – Britton was born in New Dorp in Staten Island, New York.
– He was a graduate of the Columbia University School of Mines and afterwards taught geology and botany at Columbia.
– Britton was the first director of the New York Botanical Garden.
– He engendered substantial financial support for the botanical garden by naming plants after wealthy contributors.
– He married Elizabeth Gertrude Knight, a bryologist and fellow member of the Torrey Botanical Club.
– He visited frequently when the winter weather in New York City became too severe. His contributions to Caribbean flora are undisputed.
1929 – Britton retired as director of the NY Botanical Garden, but continued his research of Caribbean flora.
1934 – Nathaniel Lord Britton died.