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The study of the life and works of Mark Jefferson, one of the most scholarly geographers ever to grace the U.S. scene, is an attempt to fill, in part, the void in the literature of geographers' lives and thoughts and contribute to an understanding of the geography of American geographers.

His influence on the development of this professional field in the first half of the present century was critical. As professor of geography at the Michigan State Normal College (1901-39), he schooled future generations of teachers in the subject matter of geography, influenced geographic thinking by his numerous writings and oral presentations, and helped win respect in the U.S. for his subject as a discipline.

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Mark Jefferson, biographer


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Mark Jefferson: Geographer