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January 01, 1932


THE CONFERENCE at Cleveland, August 14, 1888, which initiated the Society, has never been given the status of a meeting, yet the attendance was nearly three times that of the first meeting, in December. While it did not elect officers it did adopt a Constitution and By-laws, and appointed a committee to carry-on and perfect the organization. Like the Ithaca meeting it had no scientific program.

When the Provisional Constitution was adopted at Cleveland the American Geological Society was created, and the Cleveland conference must be recognized as a prelude; preparatory, if not technically, a meeting (see Chapter V).

Several of the leading geologists of the United States were in the conference. If they were not there in response to the summons issued by the American Geologist, they certainly gave their assent and approval to the movement.

The happenings at the Cleveland meeting have been described above, in Chapter V.

The first stated meeting, at Ithaca on December 27, 1888, was wholly administrative. The record is reproduced in full in Chapter V. While the attendance was small, only thirteen as against the thirty-seven at the Cleveland conference, it was representative of different provinces of the country. The writer had only a short distance to travel, and three members of the Cornell University faculty were "at home" as hosts to the visitors.

We can only infer what were the influences which chose Ithaca for this important meeting. Probably there was some "politics" involved. The decision was doubtless by Secretary Stevenson,

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The Geological Society of America, 1888-1930

Herman LeRoy Fairchild
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