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Jeanne Carr

Jeanne Carr  
  • Nature lover, author, and mentor to John Muir
  • Jeanne Carr was an amateur botanist and lover of nature. Her husband, Dr. Ezra Carr, was one of Muir's professors at the University of Wisconsin. Dr.Carr later became a professor at University of California, and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  • John Muir left for Madison, Wisconsin, in 1860 to exhibit his inventions at the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society Fair. Muir and Jeanne Carr met at the fair, where Carr was greatly impressed by Muir's inventions.
  • Jeanne Carr was Muir's mentor shortly after they met at Madison. They began correspondence in 1865. Much of their correspondence is recorded in Letters from a Friend.
  • Jeanne Carr introduced Muir to many influential people (including Ralph Waldo Emerson and his future wife Louie Wand Strentzel) and sent on his letters to publishers, advancing Muir's literary career.
  • Jeanne Carr went on a camping trip in the Tuolumne Canyon and Sierra Range with John Muir, Albert Kellogg, and William Keith in 1873.
  • Among Jeanne Carr's many writings was a contribution "The Heart of Southern California" in Picturesque California, Edited by John Muir.

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