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January 13, 2011 – Stillmans of Plainfield, NJ January 13, 2011

Here are a couple of obits that I’ve come across for the Stillmans of Plainfield, NJ.

The Trenton Evening Times, March 3, 1937:

Plainfield, NJ, March 3.- Word has been received here of he death Monday of William Maxson Stillman, of this city, at a hospital in Naples, Italy. Mr. Stillman was dean of the Plainfield Bar Association and third oldest member of the Union County Bar Association. His age was 81, and death was due to pneumonia.

Mr. Stillman, was accompanied by his wife, Ethel Stillman and her sister, Mrs. Frank J. Hubbard, sailed February 10 on a Mediterranean cruise, planning to be away six weeks.

He was born in Plainfield, a son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Charles H. Stillman. His father, a physician, was founder of the Plainfield public school system. Mr. Stillman practiced law here fifty-seven years. He was graduated from Plainfield High School in 1872, received an engineering degree from Rutgers in 1877 and was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1880, three years after receiving his law degree at Columbia University.




The Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, Vol. 7, No. 9, Page 804:



Thomas B. Stillman, late Professor of Engineering Chemistry at the Stevens Institute of Technology, died at his home in Jersey City, NJ on August 10, 1915, from heart disease after an illness of about four weeks.

Dr. Stillman was born in Plainfield, NJ on May 24, 1852, and was a son of the late Dr. Charles H. and Mary Elizabeth Stillman. His early training was obtained in Plainfield, and after attending Alfred University, Alfred, NY for a short time, he entered Rutgers College, New Brunswick, NJ and was graduated in June, 1873, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Science, and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. His graduating thesis on “The Composition of the Ashes of Plants” was awarded a thesis prize, and was published in the “Report of the State Geologist of New Jersey, 1873,” He then entered a post-graduate course in chemistry at the New Jersey State Scientific School, and at the same time was connected with the New Jersey State Geologic Survey, with practical work at the zinc mines of Sussex County.

In 1874, Dr. Stillman was appointed private assistant to the late professor Albert R. Leeds, of Stevens Institute of Technology, remaining in this position until October, 1876. In the latter year he received the degree of Master in Science from Rutgers College, and in November of the same year he entered the chemical laboratory of Dr. R. Fresenius of Wiesbaden, Germany, as a student of analytical chemical research. While in this laboratory he laid the solid foundations for his future very successful and splendid analytical and engineering work, and as a recognition of some investigations upon the salts of uranium carried out in this laboratory, Dr. Stillman was elected a foreign corresponding member of the Edinburgh Society of Arts and Sciences.

In 1879, he opened an office in New York City for the practice of analytical chemistry. In connection with his professional….

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