Our Founding Fathers 1871

The First 22 23

More than mining and, as today, representing industry, academia, government

As you can see by the backgrounds of the founding members below, they were diverse, as "mining" engineer was more broadly defined in 1871.  They included some trained in civil engineering, metallurgy, and chemistry.  In fact, AIME’s first President and Honorary Member was a blast furnace expert.

Note that all references talk about “the 22”, not 23 – AIME President from 1872-1874 (and Secretary for 27 years), Rossiter Raymond, noted in 1918, shortly before he died, that Martin Coryell was at the organizing meeting and acted as Secretary. However, he forgot to include his own name on the list of attendees and, thus, formally joined on Day 2 of the meeting. This oversight has been rectified here.

A notable miner among the founders was AIME’s 2nd President and then “Executive Director” for the next 27 years, Rossiter Raymond.  He is noted as being a sailor, soldier, engineer, lawyer, orator, editor, novelist, story-teller, poet, biblical critic, theologian, teacher, and chess-player!  His role in AIME’s founding was so important that a 2000 pound relief in honor of Raymond’s contributions to the Institute was moved from the NY offices to SME in Colorado in 2003 and is still proudly displayed in their foyer.

  • Joseph Herbert Bramwell
    • Fairchance, PA  Civil/Mining Eng., Town of Bramwell, WV
  • Martin Coryell
    • Wilkes-Barre, PA  Civil/Mining Eng.
  • Samuel Harries Daddow
    • St. Clair, PA  Cornwall, “Practical Miner”, author
  • Henry Sturgis Drinker
    • Philadelphia, PA  new graduate, later President of Lehigh
  • Thomas Messenger Drown
    • Philadelphia, PA  MD, Metallurgist, chemist, later President of Lehigh
  • Earnest Gaujot
    • Pottsville, PA  French Mining Eng., Supt. Of Mines for Japan, sons
  • Ogden Haight
    •  New York  Author: The Surveying of Coal Mines
  • William Baynes Hick
    • Wilkes-Barre, PA  Mining Eng. For Susquehanna Coal Co.
  • Daniel Hoffman
    • Pottsville, PA  Mining Eng., invented improved tripod head
  • Lewis Sylvan Jones
    • Wilkes-Barre, PA  South Wales, foreman at Empire Colliery
  • Thomas Speer McNair
    • Hazelton, PA  Civil/Mining Eng., invented inclined std. transit, bio
  • Fred Mercur
    • Wilkes-Barre, PA  General Supt. Of Lehigh Valley Coal Co., steam barge
  • Robert Christman Neal
    • Bloomsburg, PA  Bloom furnace and iron ore mine
  • Thomas Petherick
    • Pottsville, PA  Cornwall, Consulting Mining Engineer
  • Rossiter Worthington Raymond
    • New York               US Commissioner of Mining Statistics from 1868-1876
  • Richard Pennefather Rothwell
    • Wilkes-Barre, PA.   Prof. at Leigh School of Mines
  • Prof. Justus Mitchell Silliman
    • Easton, PA  Mining/Metal. Prof. Lafayette College, Civil War letters
  • Willaim Henry Sturdevant
    • Wilkes-Barre, PA  Civil Eng., Atlas of W-B; Sturdevant Hall – Wilkes Univ.
  • William Richards Symons
    • Pottsville, PA  Engineer
  • James Thomas
    • Wilkes-Barre, PA 
  • James Adee Timpson
    • Wilkes-Barre, PA  Coal Operator
  • Willard Parker Ward
    • New York  Mining Engineer, yachtsman
  • Thomas M. Williams
    • Wilkes-Barre, PA  Mine Inspector, mine ventilation and fires