Mitchell, Elisha ___ 1793-1857 ___ American ___ teacher

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Mitchell was born in Washington, Connecticut, studied at Yale, and, after teaching for a while on Long Island, returned to Yale as a tutor. In 1817, he took over the chair of mathematics and natural philosophy at the University of North Carolina. In 1819, he married Maria Sybil North (they had four daughters), and, in 1821, was ordained as a presbyterian minister. In 1825, when only in his early 30s, he became professor of chemistry, mineralogy and geology at the same university, and then stayed in that position until his death. In parallel, he worked as the state surveyor, making many geological and botanical excursions. He was the first to establish that the mountains of North Carolina were the highest east of the Rockies. While on an expedition to Black Dome (now Mitchell's Peak), trying to establish its exact height as the largest peak in the range, he was overwhelmed by a storm and died. Mitchell published regularly during his life, including papers in the 'American Journal of Science', the book 'Elements of Geology, with an Outline of the Geology of North Carolina', and a diary of a geological tour he took after being made professor of chemistry, mineralogy and geology.
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1827-1828 ___ exploration geology nature science

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ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LINKS
Library of the University of North Carolina

SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
Diary of a Geological Tour by Dr. Elisha Mitchell in 1827 and 1828
 

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