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James Madison
Madison Approves of the “love of truth & devotion to the cause of Science”
22/01/1822. James Madison Henry Rowe Schoolcraft was an explorer, geographer, geologist, and ethnologist, noted for his travels and early studies of Native American cultures. He explored and wrote about Arkansas, Missouri and the Great Lakes region, and is best remembered for his discovery of the source of the Mississippi River. In 1822, he spoke before the American Geological Society on the subject “Memoir on the Geological Position of a Fossil Tree discovered in the Secondary Rocks of the River Des Plaines.” The rocks were petrified, and this led Schoolcroft to a discussion of their composition, strata and age, and the ages and agents it took to develop them, which led him to a conclusion that they predated the eariest organic life. That speech was published and Schoolcroft sent a copy of the paper to former President James Madison.The present is a very inquisitive age, and its researches of late have been ardently directed to the primitive composition and structure of our GlobeScience was important to Madison, and he associated it with freedom of information and liberty. In his First Inaugural Address, on March 4, 1809, he specifically stated his intention “to favor in like manner the advancement of science and the diffusion of information as the best aliment to true liberty...” Another time he wrote, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”?In writing about Thomas Jefferson after his death, he listed Jefferson’s scientific knowledge even before his … [Click Below for Full Description]
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