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James Amaziah Whitney

(1839- )
New York

"James A. Whitney"
49 (8) American Phrenological Journal 314 (August, 1869)

"WHITNEY, James Amaziah, lawyer, born in Rochester, New York, 30 June, 1839. He removed in childhood with his parents to Maryland, Otsego County, New York, where he received a common-school education, and began life as a farmer, but in 1860-'5 studied chemistry, mechanics, and engineering without a master, and in the latter year became a writer of specifications in the office of a firm of patent solicitors. In 1868 he became an editor of the "American Artisan," and took an active part in organizing the New York society of practical engineers, of which he was president for several years. In 1869-'72 he was professor of agricultural chemistry in the American institute, and in the latter year he established himself as a solicitor of patents. In 1876 he was admitted to practice in the United States circuit courts. Iowa college gave him the degree of LL. D. in 1880." [Source: Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, see American Virtual Biographies]


James A. Whitney, Shobab: A Tale of Bethesda. A poem (New York: N. Tibbals & Son, 1884) [online text]

______________, Sonnets and Lyrics (New York: Tibbals & Son, 1884) [online text]

______________, The Children of Lamech (1885)

______________, The Poetical Works of James A. Whitney (New York: N. Tibbals & Sons, 1886) [online text]


James A. Whitney, The Relations of the Patent Laws to the Development of Agriculture (New York. 1874)

______________, The Chinese and the Chinese Question (New York: Thompson & Moreau, Printers, 1880)(New York: Tibbals Book Co., enlarged ed., 1888) [online text] (San Francisco: R and E Research Associates, 1970)