"L" is for LeConte, Joseph

Oct 12, 2017

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"L" is for LeConte, Joseph [1823-1901]. Geologist. Educator. After graduating from the University of Georgia, LeConte studied medicine in New York. Returning to Georgia, he established a medical practice in Macon. He later studied natural history at Harvard and became a faculty member at his alma mater. In 1856 he joined the faculty of the South Carolina College as professor of natural history. He was popular with students, took an active part in the cultural life of Columbia, and published articles on geology, religion, art, and education. During the Civil War he helped manufacture medicines for the Confederacy. In 1869, he left South Carolina for the newly created University of California at Berkeley. Joseph LeConte was a founding member of the Sierra Club and, in 1875, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.