The world and all that is in it
Story by Cathy Hunter,
art by Sean Hill and
colors by Evan Keeling
Many of the men who met on January 13, 1888, to consider forming a geographical society were scientists who roamed far and wide but returned to Washington, D.C., in the autumn to resume their posts at various government agencies, such as the U.S. Geological Society, the Coast and Geodetic Survey and the Navy Hydrographic Office. And although the man who became the newly formed National Geographic Society's first president, Gardiner Greene Hubbard, was not a scientist himself, he proclaimed that "The members of our Society will not be confined to professional geographers, but will include that large number who, like myself, desire to promote special researches by others, and to diffuse the knowledge... so that we may all know more of the world upon which we live."