James Amaziah Whitney

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James Amaziah Whitney (30 June 1839, Rochester, New York - 1907 [1] ) was a United States lawyer and author.

Rochester, New York City in New York, United States

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He was the son of Amaziah (22 July 1813 - 7 August 1853) and Margaret S. (née Taylor; 27 December 1818, Scotland - 29 March 1895) Whitney. [1] [2] In childhood, he moved with his parents to Maryland, New York, where he received a common-school education, and began his career as a farmer. In 1860, he began studying chemistry, mechanics, and engineering on his own.

Maryland, New York Town in New York, United States

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In 1865, Whitney became a writer of specifications in the office of a firm of patent lawyers. Then in 1868 he became an editor of the American Artisan, and took an active part in organizing the New York Society of Practical Engineers, of which he was president for several years. From 1869 to 1872, he was professor of agricultural chemistry in the American Institute, and then he started a legal practice as a patent lawyer. In 1876 he was admitted to practice in the U. S. circuit courts. Iowa College gave him the degree of LL.D. in 1880.

American Institute of the City of New York

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Besides numerous essays on scientific, mechanical, legal, and political subjects, Whitney wrote:


  1. 1 2 Parmenter, Dot. "Rose-Gurney-Chamberlain Cemetery, Maryland, Otsego County, NY" . Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  2. "Family:Whitney, Amaziah (1803-a1850)". Whitney Research Group. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  3. Adams, Charles Kendall; Johnson, Rossiter (1902). "Whitney, James Amaziah". Universal Cyclopædia and Atlas. 12. D. Appleton & Co. p. 431.

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