naturalist, and university professor.
- With his brother
John, took part in organizing the University of California.
- Elected to
the National Academy of Sciences in 1874.
- His son, Joseph N. LeConte, was the photographer of many Sierra Club outings, a trailblazer
and map-maker for what became the John Muir Trail.
- John Muir and
LeConte were life-long friends. Joseph LeConte was one of the first
professional geologists to support Muir's theory of the glacial
origin of Yosemite Valley.
- Both LeConte's - father and son - have been remembered with numerous
names in the Sierra Nevada.
Joseph LeConte the elder is memorialized in the mountains with LeConte
Cascade, "the most majestic cascade” in the Tuolumne River
canyon (named in1894), and also by Mount LeConte, a peak over 13,900
feet in the Mount Whitney region, named in 1895.
Memorial Lodge - A 100 year-old National Historic Landmark
in Yosemite National Park dedicated to Joseph LeConte. LeConte
died in Yosemite Valley in 1901 at the age of 76 on the eve
of the Club's first High Trip.
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