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Benjamin (Jr.) Silliman
(1816-1885)

Benjamin Silliman, Jr. was born December 4, 1816 in North Stratford, Connecticut, the son of America's first mineralogist, Yale Professor Benjamin Silliman and his wife Faith Trumbull. He earned his Master's Degree at Yale in 1840, the same year he married Susan Huldah Forbes; he became a Professor of Chemistry at Yale and followed his father as editor of The American Journal of Science. His work was highly instrumental in developing the petroleum industry, and his father helped by developing the technique of fractional distillation which could produce kerosene from crude oil. And, like his father, Benjamin, Jr. had an interest in mineralogy, and built his own mineral collection. On trips to the Western states he identified potential oil fields, including those in southern California (later proven by discoveries in the late 1870's), and also gold and silver deposits. He died on January 14, 1885.
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