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Agassiz, Louis (1807-1873) to William Claflin

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01417 Author/Creator: Agassiz, Louis (1807-1873) Place Written: Cambridge, Massachusetts Type: Letter signed Date: 18 July 1871 Pagination: 3 p. ; 18 x 23.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Explains that the United States Coast Survey is attempting to "make us acquainted with the bottom of the Ocean, as thoroughly as we already are with the surface of the Earth." Requests a contribution of $20,000 from Massachusetts Governor Claflin to finance the preservation, for scientific purposes, of specimens discovered in the course of the surveys dredging and fishing along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

Background Information: Biography: Louis Agassiz was a widely-respected, Swiss-born paleontologist and systematist, known as the "father of glaciology" because of his theory of ice ages. In 1846, he became the first professor of ...zoology and geology at Harvard and established its Natural History Museum. See More

People: Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873
Claflin, William, 1818-1905

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: MaritimeSurveyingFrontiers and ExplorationScience and TechnologyFinanceWildlifeGeography and Natural History

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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