Stephens, John L., 1805-1852

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From the description of Letter to [ ? ] Sargeant [manuscript], 1841-1843. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647812236

Appointed Special Ambassador to Central America by United States president Martin Van Buren, Stephens arrived in Belize in October 1839, and he traveled through Zacapa, Guatemala not long after.

From the description of Some words of the Chorti language of Zacapa / collected by John L. Stephens, 1839. [between 1851 and 1878] (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 744652835

Biographical Sketch

John Lloyd Stephens was born November 28, 1805, in Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey, the son of Benjamin Stephens and Clemence Lloyd Stephens. He received his A. B. degree from Columbia College in 1822 and his M. A. from Columbia in 1828. In 1824, he was graduated from the Tapping Reeve Law School in Litchfield, Connecticut. Between 1834 and 1836, he traveled extensively through Europe and the Near East, including Egypt, Arabia Petrea and Russia, and in 1837 and 1838, published accounts of his travels. Stephens' archaeological expeditions to Central America, Mexico and Yucatan were in 1839 and 1842. He was accompanied on both of these journeys by Frederick Catherwood, the British architect and artist. The result of these two tours was Incidents of Travel in Central America, which Stephens published in 1841, and Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, published in 1843. In 1847, Stephens became an official of the Ocean Steam Navigation Company and traveled to Germany, where he met Baron Alexander von Humboldt in Berlin. He later wrote of this meeting in An hour with Humboldt, which appeared in the Living Age Magazine. From l848 to 1852, Stephens was engaged in building a railroad across the Isthmus of Panama and became president of the Panama Railroad Company. He died in New York City, Oct. 5, 1852, at the age of 47 -a victim of Chagres fever.

From the guide to the John Lloyd Stephens Papers, 1795-1882, (The Bancroft Library)

Archival Resources
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referencedIn Waldeck, Frédéric de, 1766-1875. Papers, 1825-1867. Newberry Library
referencedIn Waldeck, Frédéric de, 1766-1875. Notes et traditions no. 2 : recueillies d'apres les auteurs Espagnoles et indigenes de l'Amérique Centrale, sur l'origine de sa première civilisation, laquelle prit naissance dans l'Yucatan et las Chiapas en même temps, plus de mille ans avant la naissance du Christ / Waldeck. Newberry Library
creatorOf Cebulski, F. J. (Francis J.). A letter from William Hickling Prescott to John Lloyd Stephens : typescript, [ca. 1967]. University of California, Bancroft Library, ARL
referencedIn Von Hagen, Victor Wolfgang, 1908-1985. Victor Wolfgang von Hagen papers, 1935-1983 (bulk 1940-1960). UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Dickinson family library, 1810-1977. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Stephens, John Lloyd, 1805-1852. Some words of the Chorti language of Zacapa / collected by John L. Stephens, 1839. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Von Hagen, Victor Wolfgang, 1908-1985. John Lloyd Stephens collection, 1946-1947. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Almy family. Papers, 1649-1984 (inclusive), 1832-1984 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf John Lloyd Stephens Papers, 1795-1882 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Additional papers, 1832-1984 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Stephens, John Lloyd, 1805-1852. Letter to [ ? ] Sargeant [manuscript], 1841-1843. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Almy family. Additional papers, 1832-1984 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Waldeck, Frédéric de, 1766-1875. Journal et nottes [sic] du voyage aux ruines del Palenque : années 1832,33 / par Jean Frederic Waldeck. Newberry Library
referencedIn Stuart, George E. George E. Stuart collection of archaeological and other materials, 1733-2006. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Waldeck, Frédéric de, 1766-1875. Journal de poche de Natchan / J.F. Waldeck : nottes [!] de théogonie azteque et variété d'autres, pour servir en voyage. Palenque. No. 24 (Treis). Newberry Library
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Relation Name
associatedWith Almy family. person
associatedWith Almy family. family
associatedWith ALMY FAMILY family
associatedWith Berendt, C. Hermann (Carl Hermann), 1817-1878, person
associatedWith Brinton, Daniel Garrison, 1837-1899, person
associatedWith Cebulski, F. J. (Francis J.) person
associatedWith Dickinson family, collector. family
associatedWith Ellis, Powhatan, 1790-1863. person
associatedWith Sargeant, Mr., person
associatedWith Stuart, George E. person
associatedWith Von Hagen, Victor Wolfgang, 1908-1985. person
associatedWith Waldeck, Frédéric de, 1766-1875. person
associatedWith Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Chorti language--Glossaries, vocabularies, etc
Indians of Central America--Languages


Birth 1805-11-28

Death 1852-10-13



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