Eben Norton

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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

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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  A Viking aficionado that reformulated baking powder.  Fascinating, thanks.

Mar 22, 2018 04:16 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Eben had a passion and the money to pursue it. Enjoy your day!






Mar 22, 2018 04:18 AM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Thanks for sharing this one - I always wondered who was the moving force behind making Leif Ericson come to the forefront 

Mar 22, 2018 05:24 AM #3
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - A couple of outstanding reasons to remember Eben NOrton's legacy. Millions use baking powder and probably don't know what you shared with us.

Mar 22, 2018 05:31 AM #4
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi James,
Eben Norton was a pretty smart whipper snapper.  Graduating as an engineer at 19?  And, that was in the day before "running start". 

Mar 22, 2018 05:43 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Interesting man.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 22, 2018 05:55 AM #6
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... one of those things we take for granted--baking powder. I'll certainly never thing of it the same way again.

Mar 22, 2018 05:55 AM #7
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Sometimes the smallest things return such big dividends.

Mar 22, 2018 06:26 AM #8
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

It figures that a chemist would have discovered baking soda. Where would we be in baking without it?  Good for Eben. D 

Mar 22, 2018 07:01 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This guy was fascinating. I enjoyed the read.

Mar 22, 2018 07:15 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Now I know more about baking powder than I did yesterday, perhaps you should come up with something like that, rather than trying to win the lottery?

Mar 22, 2018 08:12 AM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I would’ve never thought of reformulating a Age old product like baking powder James Dray 

Mar 22, 2018 11:06 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - the first part certainly sounds more famous.  I am not sure what the difference caused in baking power.

Mar 22, 2018 11:20 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thanks for the story of Leif Erickson, and I will associate him with baking powder each time I use it.  A

Mar 22, 2018 03:32 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- funny but baking powder is in almost everyone's kitchen and we probably give it no thought. Glad you shared this. 

Mar 22, 2018 04:20 PM #15
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Eben Norton Horsford seemed to be a very bright man who wore a coat of many colors.  Interesting life, James Dray

Mar 22, 2018 06:34 PM #16
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

How interesting. I wonder why he thought to do that. Thanks for sharing!

Mar 22, 2018 07:17 PM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James

Well I will never think of baking powder in the same way again. And I have probably seen the statue on Comm Ave in Boston at some point and didn't pay any attention!


Mar 22, 2018 08:17 PM #18
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James, having lived three blocks from Comm Ave in Boston and having had my Real Estate office about another three blocks from Comm Ave honest I can not say I recall, next time I visit I will have to take a picture for you:))Endre

Mar 22, 2018 10:20 PM #19
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