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Benjamin Silliman
Date: 1779 - 1864
Remarks: He founded and edited, "The American Journal of Science and Arts" He was the first to encourage the study of geology in America. He was the author of several books. Through his marriage to Harriet Trumbull he became related to the artist John Trunbull and was instrumental in obtaining the large collection of the painter's work which is now owned by Yale University