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Birthplace: Dubuque, Iowa, United States
Death: Died
Occupation: Geologist and Anthropologist
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Born April 17, 1853, Dubuque, Iowa

Died September 4, 1912

Nationality:American

Fields:geology, anthropology, and ethnology

William John McGee, LL.D. (April 17, 1853 - September 4, 1912) was an American geologist, anthropologist, and ethnologist, born near Dubuque, Iowa. He devoted his early years to reading law and to surveying. In 1877-81, he executed a topographic and geological survey of 17,000 square miles (44,030 km²) in northeastern Iowa.[1][2][3] He was appointed geologist for the United States Geological Survey in 1881.

McGee was ethnologist in charge of the Bureau of American Ethnology from 1893 to 1903. In 1895, he explored the Isla del Tiburón, Gulf of California, home of the Seri Indians.[4] In 1904 he was chief of the department of anthropology at the St. Louis Exhibition. His other prominent positions were: acting president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1897-98); president of the American Anthropological Association (1902-12); and president of the National Geographic Society (1904-05). His publications include:

   * The Pleistocene History of Northeastern Iowa (1889)
   * The Geology of Chesapeake Bay (1888)
   * The Siouan Indians (1895)
   * Primitive Trephining (1897)
   * The Seri Indians (1899)
   * Primitive Numbers (1901)
   * Soil Erosion (1911)
   * Wells and Subsoil Water (1913)

Works by William John McGee at Project Gutenberg

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  1. ^ McGee, W.J. and Call, R.E. 1882. On the löss and associated deposits of Des Moines, Iowa. The American Journal of Science, 3rd Series, Whole no. 124, 24(141):202-223.
  2. ^ McGee, W.J. 1884. The drainage system and the distribution of loess of Eastern Iowa. Bulletin of the Philosophical Society of Washington 6:93-97.
  3. ^ McGee, W.J. 1891. The Pleistocene history of northeastern Iowa. In: Powell, J.W. (ed), Eleventh Annual Report of the Director of the United States Geological Survey, Part 1: 1889-1890, pp. 199-577.
  4. ^ McGee, W.J. and Johnson, W.D. 1896. Seriland. The National Geographic Magazine 7(4):125-133.
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William McGee's Timeline

1853
April 17, 1853
Dubuque, Iowa, United States
1884
July 10, 1884
Age 31
1888
February 14, 1888
Age 34
1895
September 10, 1895
Age 42
1902
February 11, 1902
Age 48
1912
September 4, 1912
Age 59