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Gibbs, Laura Wolcott

American, 1794 - 1870

Gibbs, George Mrs. , Wolcott, Laura

Laura Wolcott [1794-1870] was the daughter of Oliver Wolcott who served as secretary of the US Treasury and later as governor of Connecticut. She married George Gibbs [1776-1833], the third of that name in a family established in America by James Gibbs, who had emigrated from Bristol, England in about 1670. An amateur scientist, George Gibbs inherited a considerable fortune, with which he was able to amass what would become the largest and most valuable mineral collection in the United States. His interests led to a friendship with Benjamin Silliman, professor of Chemistry and Natural History at Yale University. In 1810 Gibbs put his collection on display at Yale; in 1825 the University purchased it. Gibbs' association with Silliman led, in 1818, to the introduction of the American Journal of Science. Goerge Gibbs and Laura Wolcott had three sons, Oliver, George and Alfred.
DAB, 1943, VII: 244-245
Gibbs, George. The Gibbs Family of Rhode Island and Some Related Families. New York, 1933: 18-21
Beckham, Stephen Dow. "Colonel George Gibbs," in Benjamin Silliman and his Circle: Studies on the Influence of Benjamin Silliman on Science in America. Leonard G. Wilson, ed. New York, 1979:28-47.
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