Whitney, J.D. (Josiah Dwight), 1819-1896

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Birth 1819-11-23
Death 1896-08-15

Biographical notes:

Born in Northampton, Mass., Nov. 23, 1819, son of Josiah Dwight and Sarah (Williston) , grad. Yale 1839, read law 1841, traveled and studied in France, Germany, Italy, 1842-45, worked survey of mineral lands of Northern Peninsula of Mich., 1847-49, Ia. State Chemist Ill. State Survey, Geologist of Cal., 1860-74, opened Harvard School of Mines, 1868, elected to Geol. Soc. of London. Author of Metal Wealth of the U.S. and other books. Married Louisa Goddard Howe in June, 1854, had 1 daughter. Died at Lake Sunapee, N.H., Aug. 19, 1896. (from Who was who in America p.578 ; Brewster, Edward T. Life and Letters of Josiah Dwight Whitney (Boston, 1939) ) (blue index cards)

From the description of Josiah D. Whitney papers, 1849 (Detroit Public Library). WorldCat record id: 527814906

Whitney was a mining engineer.

From the description of Report on the Montana Mine : typescript, 1919 July. (California Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 122441426

From the description of Report on the Gladstone gold mine : typescript, 1929. (California Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 122499017

From the description of Preliminary report on the Murchie gold mine : typescript, 1927. (California Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 122441432

From the description of Report on the Montana gold mine : typescript, 1925. (California Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 122353899

From the description of Report on the Empire Mines : typescript, 1933. (California Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 122550262

Whitney taught geology at Harvard.

From the description of Papers of Josiah Dwight Whitney, 1841-ca. 1890 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76972922


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