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January 28, 2013 Douglas Houghton: father of copper mining fall at Tec w o h Sn EVAN MAYER Lode Writer Michigan Tech would have never become the prestigious university it is without element 29. So it’s only right to give tribute to the man that laid the groundwork for Michigan Tech to stand today, Douglas Houghton, the father of American copper mining. Douglas Houghton was born the son of Jacob Houghton, a lawyer, and Mary Lydia Douglas on Sept. 9th, 1809 in Troy, New York. From an early age, Houghton exhibited an interest in the natural world, which led him to entering the Rensselaer Institute in Troy where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1829. Following graduation, he was asked to remain as a faculty member, which he accepted and in 1830 was made the associate professor of natural history and chemistry. This position lead him to Detroit in order to present lectures on various scientific subjects. Although he was fresh from his teenage years, the charisma he delivered while giving his lectures made him one of the most popular figures in Detroit. Following his lecture series, Houghton returned to his boyhood home in Fredonia, New York and got licensed as a physician. Shortly after he returned to Motown and was appointed to be part of a federal expedition in 1831 to find the source of the Mississippi River as a surgeon and botanist. While on the trip, Houghton learned of the copper deposits in the Keweenaw Peninsula, a nugget he would store in the back of his mind for later use. In 1833, Houghton decided to settle down as a physician in Detroit and marry childhood friend Harriet Stevens. By 1836 the doctor life was largely set aside by Houghton though as he opted more for real estate speculation. On Jan. 26, 1837 the territory of Michigan became the state of Michigan and by the time the sun set the governor had appointed Douglas Houghton to become the first state geologist a title he held until his death. News: 3 Winter Carnival statues coming to life Pulse: 7 Backstage jazz review 30 ft 25 ft 20 ft Today = 18.26ft 15 ft Portrait of Douglas Houghton. Photo courtesy of the Keweenaw Digital Archives This appointment opened many doors for the still young Houghton, as by the time he turned 30 in 1839 he was a professor at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor in the fields of geology, mineralogy and chemistry. 10 ft Continued on page 4 Opinion: 11 Living off-campus: Better for bank accounts and the future Sports: 13 Men’s Club Volleyball hosts first home match in over a year 5 ft


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