DAVIDSON, George




Author Tags: 1850-1900, Geography, Maritime

British born pioneer scientist and surveyor, George Davidson, moved to America with his family when he was seven years old. His career spanned almost six decades with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, now the National Ocean Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Part of Davidson’s duties was choosing sites for many of the lighthouses later built on the west coast.

In 1867, Davidson headed a geographical expedition sent to gather information on what was, at that time, referred to as Russian America. Davidson’s survey persuaded the American government to purchase Alaska. Later in 1872, following appointment as one of the Commissioners of Irrigation of California, Davidson became an authority on irrigation.

Pacific Coast: Coast Pilot of Alaska, (First Part) From Southern Boundary to Cook’s Inlet. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1869). Contains information on Alaska and British Columbia.


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Pacific Coast: Coast Pilot of Alaska, (First Part) From Southern Boundary to Cook’s Inlet. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1869). Contains information on Alaska and British Columbia.

[BCBW 2004] "Maritime" "1850-1900"