Hiram Bingham - Discoverer of Machu Picchu
Hiram Bingham discoverer of Machu Picchu. In the picture on the right he is actually at Machu Picchu.
Hiram Bingham was born in 1875 in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 1911 he lead an expedition from Yale University that re-discovered Machu Picchu, which had remained hidden for over 400 years.
Hiram Bingham thought that Machu Picchu was built as final fortress for the last Inca Emperor. Later archeologist however, dispute this as we shall see. Hiram Bingham went back several times to help learn more about Machu Pichu. It was not until about 1940 that enough work was completed so that people could visit.
In 1925 Hiram Bingham was elected Governor of Connecticut. Later in the same year he was appointed to fill a vacant United States Senate seat and served as a Senator until 1933. He died in 1956.