1898 and the Making of a Practical Man

Neil Smith

in American Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520230279
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931527 | DOI:
1898 and the Making of a Practical Man

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This chapter introduces Isaiah Bowman, a former leader of the militia who decided to pursue a career as a geographer. It first provides some information on Bowman's early life, including the time he spent on the family farm in Brown City. This is followed by a discussion of his studies and his early teaching, before he decided to enroll in the Ferris Institute in Big Rapids. His education in Michigan State Normal and Yale are studied. The final sections in the chapter study his relations with German geographers, the lessons he learned from William Morris Davis, and the influence one of his former students had on him.

Keywords: Isaiah Bowman; geography; German geographers; William Morris Davis

Chapter.  9617 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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