Joseph Le Conte

Joseph Leconte

1823 (Liberty County, Ga.) – 1901 (Yosemite, Calif.)

Le Conte studied with Gray and Agassiz, and accompanied Agassiz on expeditions. He moved to California in fear of post-Civil-War politics in the southern states (he was not a supporter of racial equality), and befriended Muir, with whom he helped found the Sierra Club; perhaps fittingly, Le Conte died in Yosemite.