Robert Underwood Johnson
1853 - 1937
editor and later editor-in-chief of Century magazine, which
published many of John Muir's articles.
- After a camping
trip with Muir in 1889, Johnson is credited with encouraging Muir
to write the articles which led to the creation of Yosemite National
Park. While Muir inspired the nation with his writing, Johnson
and his influential eastern friends lobbied Congress to establish
- Johnson also campaigned with Muir in the unsuccessful effort to stop
the damming of Hetch
Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park.
- Johnson's autobiography, Remembered Yesterdays, tells of
his friends and acquaintances, including Theodore Roosevelt,
John Burroughs, Nikola Tesla, Mark Twain, and Rudyard Kipling, to all
of whom he introduced John Muir.
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