Cotting, John Ruggles, Md, Lld
Cotting, John Ruggles, M.D., LL.D.
an American Congregational minister and physicist, was born in Acton, Massachusetts, in 1784. He was educated at Harvard and the medical school of Dartmouth College; was ordained about 1810; became very noted for his manufacture of chemical compounds used in the war of 1812 by a company in Boston; was made professor of natural sciences in Amherst College at the close of the war, preaching meantime in the vicinity; subsequently became professor of chemistry in the Berkshire Medical Institute; in 1835 removed to Augusta, Georgia; entered upon a geological and agricultural survey, at first of Burke and Richland counties, then of the entire state; and finally retired to Milledgeville, where he spent his latter years, and died, October 13, 1867. Dr. Cotting prepared text- books of ability and popularity on both chemistry and geology. See Appleton's Annual Cyclop. 1867, page 580.