Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James
Grant Wilson, John Fiske and Stanley L. Klos. Six volumes, New York: D. Appleton
and Company, 1887-1889 and 1999. Virtualology.com warns that these 19th Century
biographies contain errors and bias. We rely on volunteers to edit the historic
biographies on a continual basis. If you would like to edit this biographyplease
submit a rewritten biography in text form.
If acceptable, the new biography will be published above the 19th Century
Appleton's Cyclopedia Biography citing the volunteer editor
Virtual American Biographies
Over 30,000 personalities
with thousands of 19th Century illustrations, signatures, and exceptional life
welcomes editing and additions to the
biographies. To become this site's editor or a contributor
or e-mail Virtualology here.
KERR, Washington Caruthers, geologist, born in Alamance county, North Carolina, 24 May, 1827; died in Asheville, North Carolina, 9 August, 1885. He was graduated at the University of North Carolina in 1850, and subsequently taught, also holding a chair in Marshall university, Texas, whence he went to Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a computer in the Nautical Almanac office. This place afforded him opportunities for study at Harvard. In 1855 he was called to the professorship of chemistry, geology, and mineralogy in Davidson college, North Carolina, but the civil war severed this relation, and he enlisted as a private in the Confederate army. Professor Kerr was soon detailed to superintend and devise methods for the manufacture of salt on the coasts of North and South Carolina. In 1.866 he was made state geologist of the former state, and at the same time he delivered occasional lectures on geology at the University of North Carolina. His work on the geology of the state continued until 1882, when he received an appointment on the United States geological survey, so that he might connect the work of his state with that of the nation, his health failing in 1883 he was compelled to resign his office. He was a member of scientific societies, to whose proceedings he contributed papers of merit, and he published, besides minor reports, "Report of the Geological Survey of North Carolina" (vol. i., Raleigh, 1875; vol. ii., 1881).
This site and its contents are not affiliated, connected,
associated with or authorized by the individual, family,
friends, or trademarked entities utilizing any part or
the subject's entire name. Any official or affiliated
sites that are related to this subject will be hyper
linked below upon submission
and Evisum, Inc. review.
Please join us in our mission to incorporate America's Four United Republics discovery-based curriculum into the classroom of every primary and secondary school in the United States of America by July 2, 2026, the nation’s 250th birthday. , the United States of America: We The
People. Click Here