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Edward W. Root
(1841-1870)

Edward Walstein "Wally" Root was born in Syracuse, New York on July 4, 1841, the son of Prof. Oren Root (q.v.) of Hamilton College and Nancy Whitney Buttrick. He spent two years (1862-1863) studying in Berlin and Heidelberg, Germany, and was appointed an assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Columbia School of Mines in New York in 1864 (The Horticulturist, vol. 19, 1864). He wrote about "Wilsonite from St. Lawrence Co., New York" in the American Journal of Science (1868, vol. 45, p. 47-48), and also on "Enargite from the Morning Star Mine, California" that same year. His article on the "Importance of the spectroscope in mineral water analysis" appeared in Chemical News in 1869. In that year he left Columbia College to accept an appointment as Childs Professor of Agricultural Chemistry at Hamilton College, where his father was a professor. But he died a year later at the age of 29, on November 15, 1870. His mineral collection was donated to Hamilton College.
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