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Bob Marshall
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    (January 2, 1901-November 11, 1939)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Forester, author, and wilderness activist
    Chief of Forestry in the Bureau of Indian Affairs (1933-37)
    Chief of Recreation Management for the United States Forest Service (1937-39)
    Wrote ‘The High Peaks of the Adirondacks’ (1922), ‘Arctic Village’ (1933), and ‘The People’s Forests’ (1933)
    Founding member of the Wilderness Society (1935)
    He complained about the ‘horrible banality’ of civilization.
    He was a millionaire supporter of socialism.
    He was arrested for participating in a Communist-backed ‘United Front’ demonstration (1933).
    He, his brother George, and family friend Herb Clark were the first Adirondack Forty-Sixers, climbers who scaled the 46 high peaks of New York’s Adirondack Mountains.
    When ‘Arctic Village’ became a bestseller, he shared his royalties with the residents of Wiseman, the Alaskan village he had written about.
    He headed the Washington, DC, chapter of the ACLU.
    He provided most of the funds for the Wilderness Society in its early years.
    His work resulted in the protection of 66 wilderness areas totaling 9.1 million acres during his lifetime.
    ’Wilderness’ editor T.H. Watkins wrote, ‘One could comfortably argue that Robert Marshall was personally responsible for the preservation of more wilderness than any individual in history.’

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