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E. B. Benjamin

Edmund Burke Benjamin was born in Ontario, New York on July 18, 1828. He moved San Francisco in 1854, in the wake of the Gold Rush, and developed a successful business in wholesale merchandise. He married Sarah Mitchell there in 1856. In 1857 he returned to New York City where he engaged in mercantile pursuits, and was a member of the American Geographical Society. He founded the E. B. Benjamin chemical supply company in New York City at No. 10 Barclay Street. His 266-page catalog of 1872 is entitled: American Hand-Book of Chemical & Physical Apparatus, Minerals, fossils, Rare Chemicals, etc., For the use of Schools, Colleges, Factories, Hospitals, Laboratories, Assayers, Dentists, Perfumers, Chemists, Druggists, Physicians, &c., &c. He died on May 29, 1894, at the age of 65. His son, Marcus Benjamin, graduated in the chemical course of the school of mines of Columbia College in 1878 . In 1882 he became editor of the American Pharmacist, and subsequently was on the editorial staff on the Engineering and Mining Journal; he later joined the staff of the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution).

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