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Powell, George May (1835-1905) to His Excellency The Governor, and To the Legislature of the State of Massachusettes

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00687.189 Author/Creator: Powell, George May (1835-1905) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: Circa 1892 Pagination: 4 p. ; 31.9 x 19.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Losses in the country due to forest fires affect the political economy as well as national wealth. Fireproof buildings of brick and mortar should be the rule rather than the exception. Deforestation should be regulated.

Background Information: Powell was a Lincoln supporter and served as a statistician in the Treasury Department during the Civil War. Active in religious work as a young man, he was the secretary ...and manager of the Evangelistic Press Association and led a topographical corps through Egypt and North Africa to create Sunday School maps of Palestine and the Holy Land. Powell participated in the American Forestry Commission, the Grange and Patrons of Husbandry, the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and the National Geographic Society. He was active in Sabbath reform work.See More

People: Powell, George May

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Government and CivicsFirefightingDisasterArchitecturePoliticsEconomicsFinanceLaw

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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