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Mitchell, Elisha

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Born: 1793 AD
Died: 1857 AD, at 63 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Botanist, Geologist

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1793 - Mitchell was born on August 19th in Washington, Connecticut. Elisha was a native of Connecticut, student and tutor at Yale College, botanist, geologist and Presbyterian minister.

1813 - Mitchell's diary, begun at Yale and kept irregularly while he was teaching at various places in the North, containing mainly religious reflections and slight personal comment.

1817 - He took over the chair of mathematics and natural philosophy at the University of North Carolina.

1818 - Professor of geology and chemistry and bursar at the University of North Carolina.

1819 - He married Maria Sybil North and had four daughters.

1821 - Was ordained as a presbyterian minister.

1825 - He became professor of chemistry, mineralogy and geology at the same university, and then stayed in that position until his death.

         - He was the first to establish that the mountains of North Carolina were the highest east of the Rockies.

1857 - He was overwhelmed by a storm while on expedition and died on June 27th.

         - Mitchell published regularly during his life, including papers in the 'American Journal of Science', the book 'Elements of Geology, with an Outline of the Geology of North Carolina', and a diary of a geological tour he took after being made professor of chemistry, mineralogy and geology.

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