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Blodget, Lorin, 1823-1901

Chart of Average Summer Temperatures
This is one of five charts of temperature designed by Lorin Blodget, the first made in the United States and derived from decades of research collected by the Smithsonian Institution.

(1855) | Chapter 3 | View the Map »

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Forry, Samuel, 1811-1844

Map of Climate Patterns in the U.S.
Forry, a physician, made the first map of climate patterns at the request of the Surgeon General, to study the relationship between geography and disease.

(1842) | Chapter 3 | View the Map »

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Gilpin, William, 1813-1894

Map of the World Exhibiting the Isothermal Zodiac
Gilpin adopted Humboldt’s lines to “demonstrate” that the U.S. was destined for economic and political supremacy.

(1860) | Chapter 3 | View the Map »

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Stevens, Isaac Ingalls, 1818-1862

Isothermal Chart of the Region North of the 36th Parallel &c.
The use of lines to represent average temperatures spread quickly in the nineteenth century. Stevens’ chart is designed to promote a northern transcontinental railroad route in the 1850s.

(1859) | Chapter 3 | View the Map »

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Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859

Carte des Lignes Isotherms par M. A. de Humboldt
Humboldt devised this chart to represent lines of equal temperature, which enabled observers to think about the relationship between temperature patterns and other phenomena.

(1817) | Chapter 3 | View the Map »

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Blodget, Lorin, 1823-1901

Chart of Average Annual Temperature
This annual chart of temperature, designed and compiled by Lorin Blodget, was one of the earliest work by the famed lithographer Julius Bien.

(1855) | Chapter 3 | View the Map »