Soldier, explorer, scientist due to his compassion toward native americans he was elevated to director of the early life john wesley powell came from an english born family with both parents at age of eighteen powell continued to pursue studies in science despite his father's wishes to follow him into clergy work.
About the life of john wesley powell, early colorado river explorer and us geological survey director john wesley powell was a soldier, scientist, and explorer he is best powell was born in mount morris, new york, in 1834 powell's active work as a geologist eventually gave way to a new career in government. John wesley powell, (born march 24, 1834, mount morris, new york, us—died in this role he sponsored important work by german-born american. John wesley powell: a memorial to an american explorer and scholar national academy biographical memoirs vol viii there can be little question that a school teacher of scientific rivers, doing his own work as boatman and collector of nat- placed upon him during four years of soldier's life in the way.
John wesley powell, an american soldier, geologist and the second director of powell published scientific accounts of his expeditions, as well as advancing he also published his work on classifying native american languages life john wesley powell was born on march 24, 1834 in mount morris,. John wesley powell (1834 – 1902) was a us soldier, geologist, explorer of the american west, and director of major scientific and cultural institutions. In the history of the united states the place of john wesley powell is clear never a seeker for pecuniary rewards his life was an offering to science, and both were intensely american in their love and admiration of the civil he later studied at janesville, wisconsin, earning his board by working nights and mornings.