Historical records matching George Montague Wheeler
About George Montague Wheeler
George Montague Wheeler, explorer and cartographer, son of John Wheeler Jr. and Miriam (Daniels) was born in Hopkinton, MA in the fall of 1842. He graduated 6th in his class at West Point in 1866. His Army career began with building harbor defenses in San Francisco.
In 1871 George was in charge of the American Territory survey west of the 100th meridian. In 1874 George married Lucy James Blair, granddaughter of Francis Preston Blair, an American political figure and journalist. He continued his surveying project called the Wheeler Survey at which time he was promoted to Captain in the U.S. Army. In 1881 George represented the United States in Venice, and Italy at the third International Geographical Congress and Exhibit. In 1888 George had to retire his career as Major for health reasons.
Wheeler Peak in Nevada, (in the Great Basin National Park) Wheeler Peak in New Mexico and the Wheeler Geologic Area in southern Colorado were named after George Wheeler. His wife, Lucy James Wheeler died in 1902 when she was only 49 years old; George died three years later at the age of 63.
Info added per Mary S Lockwood's "Lineage Book of the Charter Members" of the DAR.