John Wesley Powell


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(1834–1902) [Bi]

American geologist, antiquarian, and ethnographer, well known as the first American to traverse the Grand Canyon by boat. In 1879 the Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of Ethnology was founded thanks to the lobbying of Powell, and he became its first Director.


D. D. Fowler and C. S. Fowler, 1969, John Wesley Powell, anthropologist. Utah Historical Quarterly, 37(2), 152–72

Subjects: World History.

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