Benjamin Banneker (1731 - 1806)

Ranked #3 on the list Famous Land Surveyors in History

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About Benjamin Banneker (1731 - 1806)

  • Country: United States of America
  • Famous For...: African-American farmer, self-educated mathematician, astronomer, and surveyor.

African-American farmer, self-educated mathematician, astronomer, and surveyor. Although he received little schooling, Banneker demonstrated exceptional scientific ability and taught himself advanced mathematics and astronomy. In 1789 U.S. President George Washington appointed Banneker to the commission charged with the survey, planning and construction of Washington D.C. With Major Andrew Ellicott, he helped to survey the site of the national capital between 1791 and 1793.

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