Eben Norton was born in Livingston County, New York back in 1818. He graduated from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a civil engineer at the ripe old age of 19. He worked for the Geological Survey of New York for two years before becoming an instructor in mathematics and sciences at the Albany Female Academy. He taught chemistry at the Lawrence Scientific School at Harvard for 16 years.
He was fascinated by the Vikings hence his interest in Leif Ericson. He was determined to prove that Leif had visited North America first. He had a plaque placed on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, Massachusetts, another one at Stony Brook. In Boston, there is a statue of Leif that still stands on Commonwealth Avenue.
What you may not know about Eben Norton Horsford is that he is most noted for reformulating baking powder. He eliminated the cream of tartar and replaced it with calcium biphosphate. That discovery made him a wealthy man. He died in 1893 at 74. Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face, pass it on to someone in need