Benjamin Silliman

Benjamin Silliman (1779 - 1864)

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Benjamin Silliman
Born in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticutmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticutmap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Jun 2016 | Last significant change: 20 Nov 2018
16:56: Nicolas LaPointe edited the Biography for Benjamin Silliman. [Thank Nicolas for this]
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Benjamin Silliman is Notable.
  • Benjamin Silliman is the son of Gold Seleck Silliman (1732 - 1790) and Mary Fish (Dickinson) Silliman (1735 - 1818)
  • Baptized 12 Sep 1779 @ Trumbull, CT
  • Benjamin Silliman was a chemistry professor at Yale College and was considered "The Father of Science in America" and the founder of "The American Journal of Science".

He married (1) Harriet Trumbull, daughter of Jonathan & Eunice (Backus) Tumbull, on September 17, 1809 in Lebanon, Conn., and (2) Sarah Isabella McClellan Webb, widow of Isaac Webb, on March 19, 1842 in Woodstock, Connecticut. [1]

  • Prof. Silliman invented the process for distilling petroleum.
  • "One of the great scientists of the first half of the nineteenth century." (Farnham)


  1. Find A Grave Memorial# 8719148

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Benjamin Silliman 1779-1864
Benjamin Silliman 1779-1864



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