- Thomas "Yellowstone" Moran - Father of the U.S. National Park System [Chronology]
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Thomas Moran
(1837 - 1926)

1837 Born 12 February in Bolton, England
1844 Family emigrates to the United States, they settle near Philadelphia, PA
1852 Apprenticeship with a local engraving firm
1856 Rents a studio with brother, Edward (also an artist)
1858 Exhibits an oil painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
1860 Travels Great Lakes region
1861 Travels to England to study the work of Turner
1862 Marries Mary Nimmo
1866 Travels to France and Italy to study the old masters
1867 Exhibits at the Exposition Universelle in Paris
1871 Joins the government survey team (led by Dr. F.V. Hayden) to study Yellowstone
1871 Travels the Green River Valley of Wyoming
1872 Sketches in Yosemite and other parts of California
1873 Joins Major John Wesley Powell's expedition to the Grand Canyon
1874 Joins the Hayden survey team to explore Colorado, paints the Mountain of the Holy Cross
1879 Travels the Tetons, the Sierra Nevada, and to Lake Tahoe
1882 Returns to Bolton, England - holds exhibition
1883 Travels to Mexico and Cuba
1884 Builds East Hampton, Long Island studio
1886 Spends time in Venice
1890 In Venice again
1892 AT&SF Railroad sends Moran to Arizona and New Mexico
1899 Wife Mary dies
1900 Journeys to Shoshone Falls on the Snake River in Idaho with daughter Ruth
1922 Moves to Santa Barbara, California
1926 Dies 25 August in Santa Barbara

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