Announcement Date: January 19, 1896

The Cullum Geographical Medal was designed by Lydia K. Emmet and was established in 1896. George W. Cullum willed to the Society the establishment of a medal given “to those who distinguish themselves by geographical discoveries or in the advancement of geographical science.” George W. Cullum was a Major General of the United States Army. During his career he was Superintendent of the U.S. MilitaryAcademy at West Point, where he graduated in 1833. He also served in the Corps of Engineers and published Register of The Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy. Cullum was Vice President of the Society from 1874 until his death on February 28, 1892.