American diplomat, scholar, and conservationist George Perkins Marsh.

George Perkins Marsh

(1801 - 1882)

A lawyer fluent in twenty languages by the age of thirty, George Perkins Marsh served two terms in Congress in the 1840s. He shared John Quincy Adams’ concern for conservation, and in the 1860s, while serving as the first minister to Italy under appointment from Abraham Lincoln, he wrote his early variation on the theme of radical environmentalism.

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