Smith, George Otis, 1871-1944

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Epithet: Director US Geological Survey

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George Otis Smith, a geologist and advocate of energy conservation, did geologic work in Michigan, Utah, Washington and New England from 1893-1906 before assuming adminstrative responsibilities for the remainder of his career. He was a geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey from 1896-1907, and was director of the Survey from 1907-1930, except for 1922-1923, when he served on the United States Coal Commission. He was Commissioner of the Federal Power Commission, 1930-1933, and was involved in a Supreme Court case when the U.S. Senate tried to withdraw its confirmation of his appointment to the commission. Smith was also a delegate to the first World Power Conference in 1924 and was chair of the Federal Oil Conservation Board from 1924-1926.

From the description of Papers, 1894-1934. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 28933787

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referencedIn Newlands, Francis G. (Francis Griffith), 1848-1917. Francis Griffith Newlands papers, 1869-1936 (inclusive), 1899-1917 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Records of the U.S. Geological Survey. 1839 - 2008. Portraits of Agency Personnel
referencedIn Francis Griffith Newlands papers, 1869-1936, 1899-1917 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Arthur H. Vandenberg papers, 1884-1974, 1915-1951 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Newlands, Francis G. (Francis Griffith), 1848-1917. Francis Griffith Newlands papers, 1869-1936 (inclusive), 1899-1917 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn George Sarton additional papers, 1901-1956 Houghton Library
referencedIn Kunz, George Frederick,. Papers, 1879-1932. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Smith, George Otis, 1871-1944. Papers, 1894-1934. Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
creatorOf Vol. XXXV (ff. 110). 1916, 1917.includes:f. 1 Printed Matter: List of public lectures, University College London: 1915-1916: Printed.f. 2 James Vincent Elsden, Editor, 'The Colliery Guardian': Letter to Marie Stopes from James Vincent Elsden: 191..., 1916-1917 British Library
referencedIn Hilary Pollard Jones Papers, 1889-1937, (bulk 1920-1930) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Jones, Hilary Pollard, 1863-1938. Papers of Hilary Pollard Jones, 1889-1937 (bulk 1920-1930). Library of Congress
creatorOf Willis, Bailey, 1857-1949. Papers of Bailey Willis, 1856-1957 (bulk 1880-1949). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn William B. Provine collection of evolutionary biology reprints, 20th century. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
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associatedWith Geological Survey (U.S.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Jones, Hilary Pollard, 1863-1938. person
associatedWith Kunz, George Frederick, person
associatedWith Newlands, Francis G. (Francis Griffith), 1848-1917. person
correspondedWith Provine, William B. person
correspondedWith Sarton, George, 1884-1956 person
associatedWith United States. Coal Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Federal Oil Conservation Board. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Federal Power Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Navy corporateBody
associatedWith Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951 person
associatedWith Willis, Bailey, 1857-1949. person
associatedWith World Power Conference 1924 : London) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Kettleman Hills oil field (Calif.)
Energy conservation
Coal reserves
Energy policy
Energy development
Petroleum reserves
Petroleum conservation


Birth 1871-02-22

Death 1944-01-10






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