Samuel Guthrie was born in Hampden County Massachusetts back in 1782. I have searched and could not find anything about him until he was 22 when he married Sybil Sexton. He studied at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York, (now Columbia University) from 1810 to 1811. He also attended lectures at the University of Pennsylvania in 1815, which constituted his entire formal education.
In 1817, he moved to Sackets Harbor, New York where he was a rural doctor. He died in 1848, he was 66.
What you may not know about Samuel is that he was also a successful business man and inventor. He manufactured chloric ether, vinegar and priming powder for firearms, making the flintlock muskets obsolete. He also converted potato starch into molasses and distilled an alcohol. But he is most noted for the discovery of chloroform independently in 1831.
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