Wilkes, Charles

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James Croxall Palmer, class of 1829, was an officer on Wilkes' 1838-1842 explorations of the western coast of North and South America and the Antarctic.
Full name
Charles Wilkes
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Death Date Certainty
Exact
Gender
Male
Race
White
Sectional choice
North
Origins
Free State
No. of Spouses
2
No. of Children
5
Family
John de Ponthieu Wilkes (father), Mary Seton (mother), Jane Jeffrey Renwick (first wife), Mary Lynch Bolton (second wife)
Occupation
Military
Other
Other Occupation
Explorer
Military
US military (Pre-Civil War)
Union Navy
US military (Post-Civil War)

Charles Wilkes (American National Biography)

Scholarship
[Wilkes's] most important command, the U.S. Exploring and Surveying Expedition to the Pacific Ocean and South Seas, 1838-1842, represented the first governmental sponsorship of scientific endeavor and was instrumental in the nation's westward expansion. Specimens gathered by expedition scientists became the foundation collections of the Smithsonian Institution. Significant American contributions in the fields of geology, botany, conchology, anthropology, and linguistics came from the scientific work of the expedition. Wilkes's evaluations of his landfalls influenced later U.S. positions in those areas.
Roberta A. Sprague, "Wilkes, Charles," American National Biography Online, February 2000, http://www.anb.org/articles/20/20-01124.html.
Chicago Style Entry Link
Symonds, Craig L. Lincoln and his Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. view record
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