Elizabeth Elliott Foote

Elizabeth Elliott Foote was born April 18, 1852. She married Edward Hopkins Jenkins (1850-) on June 18, 1885. This biographical essay about Edward Hopkins Jenkins appeared in the volume Men of mark in Connecticut: ideals of American life told in biographies and autobiographies of eminent living Americans, volume 3 (1907):

JENKINS, EDWARD HOPKINS, Ph.D., chemist, director, and treasurer of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and resident of New Haven, Connecticut, was born in Falmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, on May 31st, 1850. His father was John Jenkins, a ship owner, farmer and bank president, and at one time state senator; his mother was Chloe Thompson Jenkins.

In boyhood Edward Jenkins lived in a small village. He was fairly strong in body and an active student, taking special interest in the study of natural history. His preliminary education was acquired at Phillips Academy and his academic education at Yale University, where he took his B.A. degree in 1872. He then spent three years in advanced study in science at Yale and another year at Leipzig University in Germany, leading to the degree of Ph.D. in 1876.

Immediately upon the completion of his studies in Germany Prof. Jenkins returned to this country and began his professional work as chemist in the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. He served in this capacity until 1882, when he became vice-director of that institution. In 1899 he became director, which office he still holds as well as that of treasurer, which he has held since 1901. From 1897 to 1903 he was chairman of the State Sewerage Commission. He has given his entire life to the science of agricultural chemistry and, aside from membership in the Graduates Club of New Haven, of which he was president for many years, his social relations are solely with associations concerned with that branch of science. He is a member of the Society for Promotion of Agricultural Science, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In politics he is and always has been an adherent of the Republican party. He is a trustee of the Connecticut Agricultural College. Perhaps he is best known for his brilliance as a speaker and lecturer, for in that way he reaches and impresses many minds not otherwise in touch with his scholarly work in science.

Edward Hopkins Jenkins makes his home in New Haven. His wife is Elizabeth Foote Jenkins, whom he married June 18th, 1885. No children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins.


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