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Joseph N. ("Little Joe") LeConte

1870-1950 Joseph N LeConte - "Little Joe"
  • University professor of mechanical and hydraulic engineering, and the second President of Sierra Club (after John Muir and before William E. Colby, for the years 1915 - 1917.
  • Son of Joseph LeConte, a well-known geologist at the University of California who validated John Muir's glacial theories about the origin of Yosemite Valley.
  • Joseph N. LeConte, like his father, was a charter member of the Sierra Club. He served on the board of directors for 42 years (1898 - 1940).
  • Joseph N. LeConte made many mountaineering trips in the Sierra beginning in 1887. He was a photographer and chronicler of many Sierra Club outings.
  • Francis P. Farquhar dedicated his book Place Names of the High Sierra (San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1926), to Joseph Nisbet LeConte, “Mountaineer and Explorer of the High Sierra.”).

Some of Joseph N. LeConte's writings include:

  • Joseph N. LeConte, My First Summer in the Kings River Sierra,” Sierra Club Bulletin [hereafter SCB] 26:1 (February 1941), 9-14.
  • Joseph N. LeConte, “The Sierra Club,” SCB 10:2 (January 1917), 135-141 (article written by Joseph N. LeConte on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Sierra Club) [offsite resource - internet archive - archive.org]
  • Joseph N. LeConte, “The Ascent of the North Palisades,” SCB 5: 1 (January 1904), 3.
  • Joseph N. LeConte, “The High Mountain Route between Yosemite and the King’s River Cañon,” SCB 7: 1 (1909), 16-18.



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