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Arthur E. Seaman

Arthur Edmund Seaman was born in Casnovia, near Grand Rapids, Michigan on December 29, 1858, the son of Sarah Moore and George Washington Seaman, a farmer. He worked on his father's farm until around 1880, then moved to the Upper Peninsula where he worked as a timberman for a mining company. Through his work in the mines he developed a knowledge of rocks and minerals, and was hired by the Michigan Geological Survey in 1885.

In 1892, the Geological Survey and the Michigan Mining School were seperated and Seaman continued working under Professor Wadsworth at the Michigan Mining School. Seaman taught as an assistant from 1889 to 1893 and was promoted to instructor even before he had received his B.S. degree in 1895, having fulfilling the degree requirements in his spare time.

In 1897 the name of the school was changed to the Michigan College of Mines. In 1899, Seaman, by then a full professor, was named head of the Department of Geology and Mineralogy. He skillfully organized the mineralogy and geology department's mineral collection with the assistance of Dr. L.L. Hubbard and Dr. G.A. Koenig. In 1928, Professor Seaman was officially named curator of the mineral museum when he retired from active teaching. He died in June of 1937, at which time his extensive personal mineral collection was donated to the museum. The mineral seamanite was named in his honor in 1930, and the mineral museum itself is now known as the A.E. Seaman Mineralogical Museum.

LININGER, J.L. (2001) The life and times of museum builder A.E. Seaman. Matrix, 9 (4), 143-159.
WILSON, W.E., and DYL, S.J. II (1992) The Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton. Mineralogical Record, 23 (2), 73-76.
U.S. Federal census, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930.
Seaman Mineralogical Museum website.
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