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COMSTOCK, John Lee, author, born in Lyme, Connecticut, in 1789; died in Hartford, Connecticut, 21 November, 1858. After receiving a common-school education he studied medicine, and, a few months after receiving his diploma, became assistant surgeon in the 20th infantry. He served at Fort Trumbull, New London, Connecticut, during part of the war of 1812, and then on the northern frontier, where he had charge of three hospitals. At the close of the war he settled in Hartford, Connecticut, and about 1830 began compiling schoolbooks. He possessed much mechanical ingenuity, was a skilful draughtsman, and made the drawings for most of the illustrations of his works. His books include textbooks on natural philosophy, chemistry, mineralogy, botany, geology, physiology, natural history, and physical geography, a" History of the Greek Revolution" (New York, 1828), and a "History of the Precious Metals" (Hartford, 1849). His "Introduction to Mineralogy" (1832)was used at West Point, and his "System of Natural Philosophy" (1831) had a sale of nearly 900,000 copies, was translated into several foreign languages, and republished in London and Edinburgh.
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