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1) Presentations


My presentations for the surveyor audience will be about the history of the profession. I believe that the surveyor who understands about those who came before will provide an element of pride and satisfaction about his or her choice for a vocation. History gives an understanding of the value and importance of what surveyors contribute to society. Recognizing this, various state surveying societies provide continuing education credits for lectures on the history of surveying.


 2) Education


 I graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1962, was a Medical Officer in the US Air Force in Germany for three years. I completed a four year Urology Residency Program in the Emory University program in Atlanta after which I had a solo practice of Urology for the next 30 years.  In 1985, l graduated from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law, passed the Georgia State Bar and worked with lawyers all over the United States regarding medial malpractice issues. All of my professional

background is detailed on my personal website: www.wjmortonmdjd.com


3) Book Award


 My book,The Story of Georgia’s Boundaries: A Meeting of History and Geography, won the 2010 Georgia Historical Society’s award for the best book about Georgia local history. It was during my research for that book that I became aware of Andrew Ellicott and his contributions to the young United States. I spent seven years of research traveling to Ellicott’s birthplace, retracing many of his surveys, and ended up at the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was a professor of mathematics and where he is interred. I also did significant research at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, special collection libraries, and historical societies.


My second book, Andrew Ellicott: The Stargazer Who Defined America, was published in June, 2015. This book discusses much of Ellicott’s  accomplishments but is not his biography. It is the never-before-told story of Ellicott’s greatest achievement: his four year survey of the United States’ first international boundary with Spain (1796-1800). This book was nominated for several state and national awards from state Humanities Societies, Historical Societies and Colleges.


 4) Speaking Engagements


 I have spoken to numerous state surveying organizations regarding both books and have had positive reviews of the books published in surveying periodicals.  Future presentations will include the biographies of John Williams Garrison (1812-1853) who explored the westward route for the first coast to coast railroad and Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden (1829-1887) whose prolific life included explorations and surveys of Nebraska, the Western Territories of the United States and Yellowstone National Park. More information about many of my presentations is available on www.georgiahistorypress.com


 Curtis Sumner, the Executive Director of the National Society of Professional Surveyors  wrote an endorsement for  Andrew Ellicott: The Stargazer Who Defined America, and also interviewed me on the NSPS Radio Show on two separate occasions about both books.


NSPS strives to establish and further common interests, objectives, and political effort that would help bind the surveying profession into a unified body in the United States.

Governance: The National Society of Professional Surveyors Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors. The NSPS Board of Directors meets twice per year.   NSPS has working agreements with state surveying organizations which are represented on the NSPS Board of Directors, and with the NSPS Foundation, Inc. 

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