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Norton, John Pitkin

Elizabeth Noble Shor

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Norton, John Pitkin (19 July 1822–05 September 1852), agricultural chemist, was born in Albany, New York, the son of John Treadwell Norton and Mary Hubbard Pitkin, prosperous farmers. The family had property in Farmington, Connecticut, to which they returned from Albany when John was thirteen. He decided to become a farmer, and his father required that he be educated in this work although, according to historian Louis I. Kuslan, “such education was almost unknown at that time” (p. 434). Norton studied in Albany, New York City, New Haven, Connecticut; and Boston, Massachusetts, working on his father’s farm during the summer. He took an early interest in mineralogy and all other natural sciences. From 1840 to 1843 he attended the chemistry lectures of ...

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