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John Muir was a world-famous naturalist who born in Dunbar, Scotland on April 21, 1838. His family moved to Portage, Wisconsin when he was eleven. At age 22, Muir enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he paid his own way for several years.
In 1867 he began his travels around America. He settled in California where he and his wife raised two daughters. His writings about the Sierra became popular and wrote a series for Century magazine describing the destruction of open spaces by ranch animals. His work was influential in leading Congress in 1890 to create Yosemite National Park. John Muir was also influential in establishing Grand Canyon, Sequoia, Petrified Forest and Mount Rainier national parks.
Muir is the Founder of the Sierra Club which was established to protect these areas, and is today he is remembered as the Father of Our National Park System.
John Muir died in Los Angeles on 24 December 1914 of pneumonia. He was 76 years old.
“The power of imagination makes us infinite.”
– John Muir