Johnson, Samuel William
- Margaret W. Rossiter
Johnson, Samuel William (03 July 1830–21 July 1909), agricultural chemist, was born in Kingsboro, New York, the son of Abner Adolphus Johnson, a prosperous merchant, and Annah Wells Gilbert. Upon his father’s retirement a few years later to a farm in Deer River, New York, young Johnson attended the nearby Lowville Academy. After developing an interest in chemistry in his final year there, a teacher, David Mayhew, gave him a copy of a recent chemical text translated from German. Johnson quickly became so adept at chemical analysis that a year later he published his first article, “On Fixing Ammonia,” in the prominent farm journal ...