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National Geographic Co-founder Gannett Helped Settle State Boundary Disputes Archives

Samuel Gannett

Samuel Gannett (Photo: National Geographic)


The work of Samuel Stinson Gannett, a member of the Class of 1883 and one of the 33 founders of the National Geographic Society, is highlighted as the venerable institution approaches its 125th anniversary.

Gannett traveled the U.S. settling boundary disputes, including one that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 1930 upheld the “Gannett Line,” allowing Texas to claim more than 85,000 acres back from Oklahoma. Gannett co-authored Manual of Topographic Methods with his cousin Henry Gannett, who was awarded an honorary degree in 1899.