Charles Wilkes

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Birthday
3, 1798
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Feb 8, 1877 (78)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
3, 1798
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Feb 8, 1877 (78)

About

Naval officer who explored the part of Antarctic that is now named after him.

Before Fame

He set out to explore the icy waters because the usual whaling spots around South America were drying up.

Trivia

His voyage brought a wealth of discoveries and observations back to the U.S.

Family Life

His aunt who raised him was Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American woman canonized a saint by the Catholic church.

Associated With

He was part of the Colombian Institute for the Promotion of Arts and Sciences, which counted Andrew Jackson among its members.