John Muir

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About John Muir

John Muir was a Scottish-born American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books describing his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada, have been read by millions. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Park, and his example has served as an inspiration for the preservation of many other wilderness areas. He was born in Dunbar, Scotland, in 1838. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1849 and settled in Wisconsin. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Muir worked as a mechanic and then as a sheepherder. In 1868, he set out on a walking tour of the...More

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