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Dr John Millington

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Dr John Millington

Birth
Greater London, England
Death 10 Jul 1868 (aged 89)
Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Burial Williamsburg, Williamsburg City, Virginia, USA
Plot 89
Memorial ID 7136543 View Source
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Civil Engineer, Teacher of Science, Author, Lawyer. Dr. Millington was the third son of Thomas Charles Millington, an attorney and Ruth Hill Millington. In 1802 he married Emily Hamilton and had six children. That same year he received a license to become a practicing attorney. He was an English civil engineer and teacher of engineering for many years during England's first attempts at formal education in engineering. He helped found the London Mechanics' Institute in 1823 and published his first book, "A Epitome of the Elementary Principles of Natural and Experimental Philosophy" that same year. In 1829 he left England with his family for Mexico to take charge of a mine at Quanajuato. When his business was finished in Mexico in 1832 he traveled to Philadelphia where he opened a scientific equipment store and was an engineering consultant. In 1833 on the way to join join her husband in Philadelphia, his wife Emily died of unknown causes. He married a second time to Sarah Ann Letts and they had three children. From 1836 until 1848 he was a Professor of Chemistry, Natural Philosophy and Civil Engineering at William and Mary. At the University of Mississippi he taught chemistry, natural philosophy, geology and agriculture for five years. In 1853 he accepted to become a Professor of Chemistry and Toxicology at the Medical College in Memphis TN and became Dean of the Faculty until he left in 1863 to move between Philadelphia and Memphis during the duration of the Civil War. After the war he returned to Richmond where he died on July 10, 1868 in his ninetieth year.


Inscription

(east face)
"In Memory of
John Millington MD
Born in London May 11, 1779
Died in Richmond, VA July 10, 1868
Ninety years of an honoured and useful life on earth closing in on eternal rest
(south face)
Science Mourns the loss of a devoted and indefatigable disciple of most varied information and of marvellous industry; the worthy friend and associate of men like Sir H Davy, Breeoster, Faraday, Hershell and Lord Brougham.
Affection never can forget a friend so genial generous and true. But faith looks up in hope and rejoices at the blessed end of one whose crowning glory it was to have served the Lord Jesus.
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Engineer for London and Middlesex
Proffessor at Guy's Hospital
Proffessor at Royal Institution
Proffessor at London University
Vice Prest Mechanic's Institute
Vice Prest R. Astron. Society
Chief Engineer of Silver Mines and
Supt of a mint in Mexico
Prof Chemty & Nat Philos at ollege of William & Mary VA
Prof Chemty & Geology at University of Miss State Geologist of Mississippi.
(north face)
In Memory of His Mother In Law
Mrs Elizabeth Letts
Born April 11th 1781
Died March 27th 1847
Inscribed by his wife, her daughter"


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  • Maintained by: CindyS
  • Originally Created by: kimshockey (reb)
  • Added: 1 Feb 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 7136543
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7136543/john-millington : accessed ), memorial page for Dr John Millington (11 May 1779–10 Jul 1868), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7136543, citing Bruton Parish Episcopal Church Cemetery, Williamsburg, Williamsburg City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by CindyS (contributor 18484625) .