Jedidiah Morse

Jedidiah Morse. Portrait: Samuel F. B. Morse.Jedidiah Morse (1761-1826) was a godly Con­gregational minister and father of Samuel F. B. Morse, in­ventor of the telegraph. He was also the leading geographer of America during his lifetime. He wrote the first American textbook of geography, almost universally used in the schools of the day and going through 25 edi­tions, many of them after his death. He was a strong advo­cate of flood geology and the literal-day Mosaic chronology of earth history. His geography textbook in­cluded a scholarly discussion of the preservation of Earth’s animals in Noah’s Ark and their subsequent geographical distribution around the earth by means of ancient land bridges.

Excerpted from Men of Science, Men of God by Henry M. Morris. Copyright 1982, 1988 by Henry M. Morris. Used by permission.

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