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Below is a family biography included in History of Shawnee County, Kansas and Representative Citizens by James L. King, published by Richmond & Arnold, 1905.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Joseph T. Lovewell, analytical chemist, with laboratories at No. 523 Kansas avenue, Topeka, and secretary of the Kansas Academy of Science, has been a resident of the city since 1878 and is well-known in scientific circles. Professor Lovewell was born May 1, 1833, at Corinth, Orange County, Vermont, and is a son of Nehemiah and Martha (Willis) Lovewell.

The parents of Professor Lovewell were natives of Vermont. The father was an extensive farmer and stock-raiser, owning an estate of something like 400 acres of land. They had four children: Elmina, John, Joseph T. and Harriet. Elmina married Carlos Bacon of Vermont and they moved first to Michigan and later to Wisconsin, where Mr. Bacon became a teacher and then an undertaker and furniture dealer; they had one daughter, Eva Belle, who died at the age of 20. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bacon are deceased— the former in 1880 and the latter in 1863—and are buried in Wisconsin. John, a prosperous farmer living near Willow Springs, Missouri, married Sarah Cowles. Harriet, who is the widow of Frederick Miller (deceased in January, 1882), lives at Meridian, Mississippi, where she has been for 15 years principal of the Lincoln School.

Joseph T. Lovewell was educated in the public schools of Orange County and at Newberry Seminary. In 1853 he entered Yale College and was graduated there in 1857. For the ensuing five years he was an instructor in the Wisconsin State Normal School, at Whitewater, Wisconsin, and for the same period was principal and superintendent of the schools of Madison, Wisconsin. Realizing that this is the day of specializing, Professor Lovewell turned his attention particularly to physics and chemistry. For three years he took post-graduate work along this line at Yale College and was an instructor in the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale for one year. He spent two years at the Pennsylvania State College as professor in these sciences and then came to Topeka, in 1878. Here he became a member of the faculty of Washburn College, where he filled the chair of physics and chemistry for 21 years. He is now occupied as an analytical chemist and is quietly pursuing many investigations of his own. This branch of the world’s work is, in the main, little understood, but how wonderful have been its results. Putting aside the late discoveries which come close to the mysteries of being, we have only to recall that it was an analytical chemist that gave the world iodine, in 1811, bromine in 1826, iodoform in 1822, chloroform in 1831, chloral in 1832 and cocaine in 1860, all great medical agents, yet not one was discovered by a physician. In December, 1904, Professor Lovewell was appointed secretary of the Kansas Academy of Science.

Professor Lovewell was married September 3, 1863, to Margaret Lois Bissell, who was born in Ohio and died in Pennsylvania, leaving two children: Bertha Ellen and Paul A. The daughter is a lady of fine ability and high grade of scholarship. After graduating at Washburn College, she took a post-graduate course in English literature at Yale College. She married George L. Dickinson, who is business manager of the Hartford Courant. Paul A. Lovewell is connected with the Topeka Journal.

On June 30, 1885, at Topeka, Professor Lovewell was married to his present wife, Caroline F. Barnes; they have two daughters, Margaret B. and Caroline E., both students. The family attend the Congregational Church. Professor Lovewell takes no very active interest in politics, but votes with the Republican party.

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