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inventor , army officer , zinc company executive

Samuel Wetherill, American inventor, zinc company executive, army officer.


Wetherill, Samuel was born on May 27, 1821 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of John Price and Maria Kane (Lawrence) Wetherill.


Graduated from the University Pennsylvania, 1845.


10 children. Joined firm Wetherill & Brother, 1845, operated white lead and chemical works. Employed by New Jersey Zinc Company, 1850. Inventor process for deriving white oxide of zinc direct from the ore, 1852.

Founder Lehigh Zinc Company, 1853. Developer process for manufacture of metallic zinc and rolled zinc sheets, 1857. Commissioned captain 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry, 1861, major, 1861, honorably discharged, 1864.

Brevetted lieutenant colonel, 1865.


Married Sarah Maria Chatton, January 1, 1844. Married second, Thyrza A. James, October 19, 1870.

John Price Wetherill

Maria Kane (Lawrence) Wetherill

Sarah Maria Chatton

Thyrza A. James