Focus on Hollywood Cemetery: Matthew Fontaine Maury's stature in his home state guaranteed him a place of honor in Richmond's cemetery of record. See how close he was buried to President Monroe? Maury was probably the most well-known American geographer of the nineteenth century. He was known as "pathfinder of the seas," and his research gave rise to the discipline of oceanography, but in his day he was classified as a geographer. In fact, his seminal work on the oceans was called The Physical Geography of the Sea.