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Goode, J. Paul (1862–1932)

  • By: Barney Warf
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

John Paul Goode played a key role in the development of 20th-century American cartography. Born in Minnesota in 1862, Goode received his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in 1889 and taught at the Minnesota Normal School in Moorhead from 1889 to 1898. In 1901, he completed his doctorate in economics at the University of Pennsylvania, and he subsequently played an important role in the cultivation of the nascent subdiscipline of economic geography, then called “commercial geography.” He taught geography at the University of Pennsylvania from 1903 to 1917 and at the University of Chicago (then a leading center of geography) from 1917 to 1928, where he taught a variety of courses, including cartography and graphics. Indeed, he is occasionally called the first true ...

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