ACS President: James C. Booth (1810-1888 )

Served as President: 1883 and 1884 and 1885

The first to serve as ACS president for three one-year terms

He was one of the first professional consulting chemists in the United States


  • A.B., 1829, University of Pennsylvania, chemistry and geology

Career Highlights:

Notable Accomplishments:

As a long-time melter and refiner at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, he devised procedures to refine great amounts of Au-Ag ore after the California gold rush.

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Service to Science:

Did You Know

. . . that he spent some time in Mine la Mott in Missouri mining cobalt?

. . . that he discovered that the mountains that form the middle belt of the state of Pennsylvania consisted of two separate formations?

Former ACS President James C. Booth