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 Douglass Houghton

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Douglass Houghton Famous memorial

Birth
Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Death
13 Oct 1845 (aged 36)
Eagle Harbor, Keweenaw County, Michigan, USA
Burial
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Plot
Section L, Lot 5
Memorial ID
6578212 View Source

Detroit Mayor, Scientist. He was Michigan's first geologist and naturalist, coming to Detroit in 1830 at the request of Territorial Governor Lewis Cass as well as John Biddle and Lucius Lyon, the Territorial Delegates to Congress. In 1831, he joined his friend Henry Rowe Schoolcraft on a federal expedition to discover the source of the Mississippi River. Not only did he report on new plants discovered along the difficult canoe voyage, but he also gave smallpox vaccinations to hundreds of Native Americans. His reports regarding the copper regions of Keweenaw played an important role in the economic development of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. During his absence in the wilderness in 1841, he received word that he had been elected mayor of Detroit, an office he served in in 1842. In 1844, he came very close to being elected Governor during another absence in the northern wilds. On October 13, 1845, he and four others lost their lives en route from Eagle Harbor to Eagle River in the Keweenaw Peninsula when a sudden storm overturned their boat. His body was found the following spring on the Lake Superior shoreline and was brought back to Detroit.

Detroit Mayor, Scientist. He was Michigan's first geologist and naturalist, coming to Detroit in 1830 at the request of Territorial Governor Lewis Cass as well as John Biddle and Lucius Lyon, the Territorial Delegates to Congress. In 1831, he joined his friend Henry Rowe Schoolcraft on a federal expedition to discover the source of the Mississippi River. Not only did he report on new plants discovered along the difficult canoe voyage, but he also gave smallpox vaccinations to hundreds of Native Americans. His reports regarding the copper regions of Keweenaw played an important role in the economic development of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. During his absence in the wilderness in 1841, he received word that he had been elected mayor of Detroit, an office he served in in 1842. In 1844, he came very close to being elected Governor during another absence in the northern wilds. On October 13, 1845, he and four others lost their lives en route from Eagle Harbor to Eagle River in the Keweenaw Peninsula when a sudden storm overturned their boat. His body was found the following spring on the Lake Superior shoreline and was brought back to Detroit.

Bio by: Mark Gade


Inscription

Drowned in Lake Superior in the cause of Science.


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Mark Gade
  • Added: 6 Jul 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 6578212
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6578212/douglass-houghton: accessed ), memorial page for Douglass Houghton (21 Sep 1809–13 Oct 1845), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6578212, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.