Emmons, Samuel Franklin
- H. S. Yoder Jr.
Emmons, Samuel Franklin (29 March 1841–28 March 1911), geologist, mining engineer, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Nathaniel Henry Emmons, a merchant engaged in East India and China trade, and Elizabeth Wales. After graduating from Harvard College in June 1861, Emmons was persuaded by his family to accompany his ailing mother to Europe rather than enlist in the Union army. Emmons stayed in Europe, attending the École Impériale des Mines at Paris from 1862 to 1864. Attracted by the practical aspects of mining engineering and the proximity of mines, he entered the Bergakademie Freiberg, Saxony, in the summer of 1864. A year of study was followed by a year of traveling through Europe visiting important mining centers, after which he returned home to Boston in June 1866....