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Powell, John Wesley

Born: 1834 AD
Died: 1902 AD
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1834 – Born on the 24th of March in Mount Morris, New York.

1830 – Had emigrated to the US from Shrewsbury, England.

1855 – He spent four months walking across Wisconsin.

1856 – He rowed the Mississippi from St. Anthony to the sea.

1857 – He rowed down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh to St. Louis.

1858 – Down the Illinois River, then up the Mississippi and the Des Moines River to central Iowa.

1859 – He was elected to the Illinois Natural History Society.

1862 – He married Emma Dean.

1867 – He led a series of expeditions into the Rocky Mountains and around the Green and Colorado rivers.

1869 – He set out to explore the Colorado and the Grand Canyon.

         – He gathered nine men, four boats and food for ten months and set out from Green River, Wyoming on the 24th of May.

1871-1872 – Powell retraced the route with another expedition, producing photographs, an accurate map, and various papers.

1881 – He became the second director of the US Geological Survey, a post he held until 1894.

1902 – Died on the 23rd of September.


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