Go deeper into the history of each park with scholarly articles and essays from Oxford University Press, freely available for the centennial year.

American National Biography

Peter Norbeck

governor/senator

He pushed for the completion of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the enlargement of YellowstoneNational Park, and the establishment of Grand Teton National Park

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American National Biography

Hiram Martin Chittenden

historian/civil engineer

Has various connections to National Parks, from building roads in Yellowstone to investigating conditions in Yosemite

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American National Biography

Arnold Hague

geologist

began to map and study the geology of more than 3,000 square miles in the decade-old Yellowstone National Park and adjacent areas of Wyoming and Montana

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American National Biography

Charles Edward St.John

astronomer/educator

St. John often spent the summer months ... visiting Yellowstone National Park.

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American National Biography

Frederick Billings

lawyer/railroad president

He played a significant role in promoting the concept of Yellowstone National Park,

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American National Biography

George Graham Vest

Confederate representative

One of his notable achievements was legislation that helped preserve Yellowstone NationalPark when it was threatened by private interests

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American National Biography

Gustavus Cheyney Doane

solider/explorer

The report proved to be an important step in the eventual creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1873 and was the highlight of Doane's career. (There is also some good material on his expeditions in Yellowstone)

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American National Biography

Louis Valentine Pirsson

geologist

he accepted a field assistantship to serve under Joseph P. Iddings of the U.S. Geological Survey in 1889 in the Yellowstone National Park. (Iddings has own entry, mentioned earlier in the list)

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American National Biography

Richard Bishop Moore

chemist

Later he surveyed the thermal waters of Yellowstone National Park for their radioactive properties

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American National Biography

Thomas Moran

artist

Moran and the expedition's photographer, William Henry Jackson, collaborated in selecting scenes to paint and photograph as they explored what soon after became major sites of Yellowstone NationalPark. (One of Moran's paintings was hung in the Capitol and may have influenced the creation of Yellowstone as the first national park)

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American National Biography

William Henry Jackson

photographer/painter

Jackson's photographs aided lobbyists in their efforts to convince Congress to make Yellowstone the first national park, which it became on 1 March 1872.

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American National Biography

Samuel Baldwin Marks Young

commanding general

By 1896 Young and his horsemen were in Yosemite National Park fending off the encroachments of sheepherders. Young was appointed acting superintendent of that park and was named to the same position in Yellowstone National Park in 1897. He served as superintendent of Yellowstone National Park .

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