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KENNAN, George, traveller, born in Norwalk, Huron County, Ohio, 16 February, 1845. He was educated in the public schools of his native town, and in 1862 attended the Columbus, Ohio, high school while working at night as a telegraph-operator. In 1864 he was assistant chief operator in the telegraph-office at Cincinnati, and in December of the same year went to Kamtchatka by way of Nicaragua, California, and the north Pacific. As a leader of one of the Russo-American telegraph company's exploring parties in northeastern Siberia in 1865-'6, and as superintendent of construction for the middle district of the Siberian division from 1866 till 1868, he explored and located a route for the Russo-American telegraph-line between the Okhotsk sea and Bering strait, spending nearly three years in constant travel in the interior of northeastern Siberia., and returning to the United States on the abandonment of the enterprise in 1868. In 1870 he went again to Russia to explore the mountains of the eastern Caucasus, proceeded down the Volga river to the Caspian sea, made extensive explorations on horseback in Daghestan and Chechnia, crossing the great range of the Caucasus three times in different places, and in 1871 returned to this country. In 1885-'6 he made a journey of 15,000 miles through northern Russia and Siberia for the purpose of investigating the Russian exile system, visited all the convict-prisons and mines between the Ural mountains and the head-waters of the Amur river, and explored the wildest part of the Russian Altai. Mr. Kennan has arranged (1887) for the publication of a series of magazine articles on Siberia and the exile system, which will ultimately be issued in book-form. He is also the author of " Tent Life in Siberia and Adventures among the Koraks and other Tribes in Kamtchatka and Northern Asia" (New York, 1870).
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