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Title: Clarence King

Description: Clarence King (1842-1901), American chemist, geologist, mountaineer, and first director of the U.S. Geological Survey (1879-1881), shown center foreground, with the Hayden Survey of Colorado; King was noted for his exploration of the Sierra Nevada; King led a strange double life, becoming obsessed with Ada Copeland, a black nursemaid and former slave living in New York City; King somehow convinced Copeland that he was also black (despite his having bright blue eyes) and was a Pullman porter working on the railroads (which explained his long absences); King hid his common-law marriage to Copeland because of the then widespread condemnation for mixed marriages (miscegenation) and did not disclose his true race to her until writing a letter to Copeland from his deathbed in far off Arizona; chemists;

Location: Colorado, 1875

Keywords: explorers, geologists, geology, surveyors

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 2250 x 2658 (5.98 MPixels) (1.18)

Print Size: 19.0 x 22.5 cm; 7.5 x 8.9 inches

File Size: 17.13 MB (17,962,990 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000095866

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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