William Morris Davis

1850 - 1934

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William Morris Davis (February 12, 1850 – February 5, 1934) was an American geographer, geologist, geomorphologist, and meteorologist, often called the "father of American geography". He was born into a prominent Quaker family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of Edward M. Davis and Maria Mott Davis (a daughter of the women's advocate Lucretia Mott). Davis studied geology and geography at Harvard's Lawrence Scientific School and then joined the Harvard sponsored geographic exploration party to the Colorado territory, led by the inaugural Sturgis-Hooper professor of geology, Josiah Dwight Whitney. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Morris Davis has received more than 162,345 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). William Morris Davis is the 28th most popular geographer (down from 26th in 2019), the 1,649th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,473rd in 2019) and the most popular American Geographer.

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Among geographers, William Morris Davis ranks 28 out of 86Before him are David Harvey, Al-Bakri, Élisée Reclus, Abraham Cresques, Zakariya al-Qazwini, and Fra Mauro. After him are Nicolas Sanson, Willem Blaeu, Albrecht Penck, Marinus of Tyre, Abu Sa'id Gardezi, and Artemidorus Ephesius.

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Among people born in 1850, William Morris Davis ranks 27Before him are Lady Mary Victoria Douglas-Hamilton, Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, César Ritz, Sami Frashëri, Victoriano Huerta, and Mikhail Chigorin. After him are Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia, Ivan Vazov, Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al Saud, Pat Garrett, Jack Daniel, and Ebenezer Howard. Among people deceased in 1934, William Morris Davis ranks 40Before him are Franz Ehrle, Hayim Nahman Bialik, Jakob Wassermann, Willem de Sitter, Pietro Gasparri, and Alexander von Kluck. After him are Prince Alfonso, Count of Caserta, Adrien de Gerlache, Hubert Lyautey, Vyacheslav Menzhinsky, Fritz Gerlich, and Franz Schreker.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Morris Davis ranks 1,649 out of 20,380Before him are Art Tatum (1909), Wes Studi (1947), Larry Holmes (1949), Annie Leibovitz (1949), Jack Black (1969), and Diane Arbus (1923). After him are Lee J. Cobb (1911), William Tecumseh Sherman (1820), Don Rosa (1951), Vincent D'Onofrio (1959), David O. Selznick (1902), and Lyonel Feininger (1871).

Among GEOGRAPHERS In United States

Among geographers born in United States, William Morris Davis ranks 1After him are Marie Tharp (1920), Richard Hartshorne (1899), Ellen Churchill Semple (1863), Carl O. Sauer (1889), Ellsworth Huntington (1876), and Henry Schoolcraft (1793).