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- DescriptionAdolphus Washington Greely was one of the most forward-thinking people ever to grace the field of public service. He was the oldest person ever to receive the United States Congressional Medal of Hor at the advanced age of ninety-one, and during his lifetime he brought about some of the most significant changes to American scientific and military exploration. He was at one time the most well-kwn person in the world, and his acquaintance was coveted by royalty and leaders around the globe. And yet, nearly eighty years after his death, he is relatively unkwn. This is the story of his remarkable life, which began in 1844 and ended in 1935. From his service in the 19th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, Greely moved on to work in the Signal Corpsa military signaling and communication organization of which he later became chiefconstructing telegraph lines across the country. His travels took him to Paris, where he met inventors, intellectuals, and political figures, including Samuel Morse and Adolphe Thiers. Greely gained worldwide fame for his ill-fated 1881 Arctic exploration. Although his team set numerous records and gathered a trove of scientific data, Greely was one of only six men who survived long eugh to be rescued two years later. In his later years, Greely was less active. He organized the Weather Bureau, took a large role in the recovery of San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake, quelled the last Native American uprising, and left an indelible scientific legacy by founding the National Geographic Society. In word and deed, this larger-than-life man of adventure and kwledge forged todays world. Author Paul D. Walker has spent years researching Greelys life in order to re-introduce this amazing man to a twenty-first century audience.
- Author BiographyPaul D. Walker decided on a military career after successfully serving two tours in Viet Nam. As a student of American and military history, he became fascinated with the vigorous art of cavalry warfare. The lack of published information about the crucial cavalry battle at Gettysburg is what prompted Walker to write The Cavalry Battle That Saved the Union. He currently resides in Salt Lake City.
- Author(s)Paul D. Walker
- PublisherPelican Publishing Co
- Date of Publication10/03/2015
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationGretna, LA
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPelican Publishing Co
- Content Note22 photos/maps
- Weight408 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine25 mm
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