The Geological Society of America and its Founders – Newton Horace Winchell

Newton Horace Winchell Active Founder (sources: Upham, 1915; Fairchild, 1932). Personal. Newton Horace Winchell, younger brother of Alexander Winchell, was born in Northeast, New York, on December 17, 1839, and died following a surgical operation in Minneapolis on May 2, 1914. His ancestors were British immigrants who settled in Windsor, Connecticut, in 1635. His father, Horace Winchell,… Read More The Geological Society of America and its Founders – Newton Horace Winchell

On the Shoulders of Giants: A 125th Anniversary Retrospective

by Vince Matthews Serving as General Chair of GSA’s 125th Anniversary Meeting caused me to ponder a bit more about our legacy than I normally would have.  As I thought back over the last hundred and twenty five years, several of my favorite GSA members/stories come to mind:  S.F. Emmons, Frank Taylor, Margaret Fuller Boos,… Read More On the Shoulders of Giants: A 125th Anniversary Retrospective

The Geological Society of America and its Founders – Samuel Gardner Williams

Samuel Gardner Williams Active Founder (Sources: Anonymous, 1900, 1924; Fairchild, 1932). Personal. Samuel Gardner Williams was born near West Winfield in Herkimer County, New York, on August 15, 1827, and died in Ithaca, New York, on May 19, 1900. His great-grandfather, Samuel Williams, was the first of the family in the United States. S.G. Williams, the… Read More The Geological Society of America and its Founders – Samuel Gardner Williams

The Geological Society of America and its Founders – Israel Charles White

Israel Charles White Active Founder (sources: Fairchild, 1928, 1932). —By Peter Lessing. Personal. Israel Charles White was born on November 1, 1848, in Monongalia County, Virginia (now West Virginia), and died from a cerebral hemorrhage on November 25, 1927, in Baltimore, Maryland. White’s first American ancestor, of English descent, arrived in Maryland in 1639. The youngest… Read More The Geological Society of America and its Founders – Israel Charles White

The Geological Society of America and its Founders – Henry Bradford Nason

Henry Bradford Nason Active Founder (sources: Chamberlin, 1895; Fairchild, 1932). Personal. Henry Bradford Nason was born in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on June 22, 1831, and died at Troy, New York, on January 18, 1895. Nason’s early education began in a school for boys at Newburyport, followed by the Adelphian Academy at Bridgewater, and completed in the Williston Seminary… Read More The Geological Society of America and its Founders – Henry Bradford Nason

The Geological Society of America and its Founders – William John McGee

William John McGee Active Founder (Sources: Knowlton, 1913; Fairchild, 1932). Personal. William John McGee was born on a farm at Farley, Iowa, on April 17, 1853, and died of cancer in Washington, D.C., on September 4, 1912. His father and mother, James and Martha Ann (Anderson) McGee, were both of Scotch-Irish stock whose own ancestors emigrated to the… Read More The Geological Society of America and its Founders – William John McGee

The Geological Society of America and its Founders – James Furman Kemp

James Furman Kemp Active Founder (sources: Lindgren, 1927; Fairchild, 1932). Personal. James Furman Kemp was born on August 14, 1859, in New York, and died of a heart attack on November 17, 1926, at Great Neck, Long Island. Kemp was of Scotch and English descent. He graduated from Amherst College with an A.B. in 1881, and… Read More The Geological Society of America and its Founders – James Furman Kemp