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Von Ohlen John Muir 1964 First Day Cover




Von Ohlen John Muir 1964 First Day Cover

The text reads:

John Muir
1838-1914
Explorer, Naturalist and Writer

"Born in Dunbar, Scotland, April 21, 1838, he came to the United States in 1849, settling in the vicinity of Fox River, Wisconsin. He entered the University of Wisconsin in 1859.

In 1879 he discovered Glacier Bay and Muir Glacier (named after him) and explored some of the upper courses of the Yukon and Mackenzie Rivers. In 1880 he accompanied the De Long search expedition to the Arctic. The years 1903-1904 found him traveling The Caucasus, Siberia, Manchuria, Japan, India, Egypt, Australia and New Zealand.

He is probably America's best known naturalist; it was mainly through his efforts that Congress passed the Yosemite National Park bill which established both Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. A hiking friend of Theodore Roosevelt, he persuaded Pres. Roosevelt to set aside 148 million acres of forest reserves. A redwood forest in California's Coast Range is called Muir Woods in honor of his contribution to forest conservation. Notable among the many articles, poems and books that John Muir wrote are 'The Mountains of California' (1894), and 'Our National Parks' (1901).

He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received honorary degrees from Yale and the Universities of Wisconsin and California."




Muir has subsequently been honored with a 32 cent postage stamp in 1998.



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