Mark Jefferson - 1901

  • Jefferson was appointed in 1901 as Head of the Department of Geography at Michigan State Normal College.

  • He served as the Chief Cartographer for the American Delegation to the Paris Peace Conference following World War I, and personally oversaw the making of more than 1,200 original maps.

  • The maps concerned not only national boundaries but also such subjects as language, ethnography, religion, and national resources.

  • Many of Jefferson’s students entered the field of geography, and Michigan Normal came to be called the “Nursery of American Geographers.”