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Hiram Bingham III was an American academic, explorer and treasure hunter who discovered the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru.


As a lecturer at Yale University, he discovered the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru in 1911, and his discovery was widely publicized. In 1912, he returned for more exploration with sponsorship from Yale and the National Geographic Society.

By February 1916, Indiana Jones had read National Geographic magazine articles on his expeditions to Machu Picchu, and was able to provide some insight to Edward Stratemeyer about how to resolve a plot situation in his then current Tom Swift manuscript.

During World War I, Bingham served as a military aviation instructor. After the war, he was elected lieutenant governor and later governor of Connecticut, but only served one day as governor as he had also been elected as a replacement to the Senate, where he served from 1924 to 1933.

Later, in 1956, Bingham passed away.[1]

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Indiana Jones Explores The Incas mistakenly asserts that Bingham died in 1919.



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