Silas Laurence Loomis

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Silas Laurence Loomis

Birthdate: (74)
Death: June 22, 1896 (74)
Amelia Island
Immediate Family:

Son of Silas Loomis and Esther Loomis
Husband of Elizabeth Ann Loomis and Abigail Conant Loomis
Father of Ann Elizabeth Loomis; Stephen Lawrence Loomis; Edwin Silas Loomis and Emma Paine Loomis
Brother of Lafayette Charles Loomis; Esther Loomis and Emma Lovan Marsh

Managed by: James Hutchison
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About Silas Laurence Loomis

Silas Laurence Loomis (1822–1896) was an American scientist, educator, and inventor.

Loomis was born in Coventry, Connecticut in 1822. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1844 and earned a degree in medicine from Georgetown University in 1856. Previous to his study at Wesleyan, Loomis had taught at Holliston Academy, in Massachusetts; after graduating from college, he was principal of Western Academy, in Washington, D.C., and subsequently became professor of physiology at Georgetown. He was astronomer to the United States Coast Survey in 1857, and instructor in mathematics to naval cadets in 1860. From 1861 to 1867, he was professor of chemistry and toxicology at Georgetown, subsequently serving as dean at Howard University until 1872.

From 1862 to 1863, he was a surgeon on General George B. McClellan's staff. Later, Loomis invented a process for producing a textile fabric from palmetto, a method for utilizing ores of chromium, and various improvements in instruments of precision, among other inventions.

Selected works

Normal Arithmetic (1859)

Analytical Arithmetic (1860)

Key to the Normal Course (1867)

The Education and Health of Woman (1882)

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Silas Laurence Loomis's Timeline

May 22, 1822
September 24, 1850
Age 28
Washington D.C., DC, USA
Age 31
December 29, 1858
Age 36
Washington D.C., DC, USA
April 22, 1867
Age 44
Washington D.C., DC, USA
June 22, 1896
Age 74
Amelia Island