Jeremiah Dixon

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Jeremiah Dixon (born July 27, 1733 in Cockfield , Bishop Auckland , County Durham , † January 22, 1779 ibid) was an English geodesist . With the astronomer Charles Mason, he carried out the survey of the so-called Mason-Dixon Line between the northern and southern states of the USA in 1763 and 1769 . He was a member of the American Philosophical Society .

According to an anecdote , Dixon's name was taken from the name Dixieland for the southern United States .

The American author Thomas Pynchon set a literary monument for Mason and Dixon in his 1997 novel Mason & Dixon .

British musician Mark Knopfler mentions both Dixon and Mason in his song Sailing to Philadelphia from the album of the same name from 2000.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b A Plan of the West Line or Parallel of Latitude . In: World Digital Library . 1768. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  2. ^ Member History: Jeremiah Dixon. American Philosophical Society, accessed July 18, 2018 .

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