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Sir William E. Logan
More on William E. Logan (1798-1875)
William Logan was born and raised in Montréal. He completed one year at university in Edinburgh, Scotland, before leaving to work for his rich uncle, Hart Logan. Logan spent his twenties in London, England. When he was in his thirties he was sent to manage a copper-smelting works in Swansea, South Wales, for his uncle. He learned all about coal mining and coal geology while there. His knowledge of geology grew quickly and it was not long before Logan was making excellent geological maps. Coming from a wealthy family, he had no trouble meeting the leading geologists of the time. He was becoming known for his superior mapping skills. Logan's uncle died in 1838. Freed from the responsibility of working for his uncle's company, Logan continued his geological research. He took a trip to Canada and the United Sates in 1840-41. When the position to lead the Geological Survey of Canada was created, no one could have been more perfect for the job!
"I came to a place in the course of my scrambleï¿½ where I found myself stopped by the water; and it is very tedious and a great expense of time to clamber up the cliffï¿½ [so] I determined to wade. First I tried with my boots and stockings off merely, but that would not do, so I took off my trousers and drawers, and strapping these, and boots and stockings on my back, I passed over the difficulty.ï¿½ I continued on in my altered costume, and so I did for upwards of half a mile, overcoming 2 more water points."
(William Logan, August 27, 1843)