He designed the first course on industrial chemistry offered in the US
When the Civil War broke out, he joined the Confederacy where he was appointed superintendent of Confederate States Ordinance Laboratory. One of his tasks was seeking substitutes for scarce minerals
. . . that before age 21, he had listed all the earthquakes between 1606 B.C. and 1842 A.D.?
. . . that he was a toxicologist in criminal cases, an expert witness in commercial cases and a chemist for firms dealing in various products?