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HUNT, Robert Woolston, metallurgist, born in Falsington, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 9 December, 1838. He received his early education in Covington, Kentucky, and then studied analytical chemistry with James C. Booth and Thomas Ill. Garrett in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania During the civil war he was commandant of Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, with the rank of captain. Meanwhile he had become associated with the Cambria iron company as chemist, and in July, 1860, established the first analytical laboratory connected with any iron or steel works in the United States. Subsequently he assisted George Fritz in constructing the Bessemer steel works of the Cambria company, and after 1868 was superintendent of that department, also having charge during 1865-'6 of the experimental steel works in Wyandotte, Michigan He was called to the charge of the Bessemer steel works of John A. Griswold and Co., in Troy, New York, in 1873; was made general superintendent of the Albany and Rensselaer iron and steel company in 1875" mid in 1885 of its successor, the Troy steel and iron company. The works of the various Troy companies with which he has been connected have been rebuilt and extended under his supervision. Mr. Hunt has obtained patents for improvements in bottom casting of steel ingots, for making special soft Bessemer steel, for a recarburizer for Bessemer steel, also a series relating to automatic tables for rolling-mills, and one for a feeding-in device for the same kind of mills. In 1886 he was elected one of the trustees of the Rensselaer polytechnic institute. Mr. Hunt is a member of the American society of civil engineers, and of the American society of mechanical engineers, and was president of the American institute of mining engineers in 1883-'4. His contributions to literature have consisted of technical papers in the transactions of societies of which he is a member.
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