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BILLINGS, Elkanah, Canadian geologist, born in Gloucester, Canada, 5 May 1820. He was the son of an emigrant from Massachusetts, who settled near Brockville after the revolution, was admitted to the bar in 1845, and practiced in Ottawa, but in 1856 became paleontologist of the geological survey of Canada. During that year he edited the " Canadian Naturalist," to which he has since contributed. He has also written for other scientific journals and prepared memoirs of the third and fourth decades of the geological survey.
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