|Title||Silliman Family portrait|
|Collection||Individuals Photograph Collection|
Copy print taken from a daguerreotype of Benjamin Silliman, Jr. and his family taken in 1856. The family members from left to right are as follows: (front) Susan H. Forbes Silliman (37 years old, d. in 1878), Alice Trumbull Silliman (9 ½ years old), Mabel McClellan Silliman (2), Edith Silliman (5 - died in childhood), and Benjamin Silliman III (7 years old), (back) Susan Forbes Silliman (15 ½ years old), and Benjamin Douglas Silliman, Jr. (40 years old). The family had another daughter, Eleanor, who was born after this picture was taken.
Benjamin Silliman, Jr. (1816-1885) was born in New Haven, Connecticut. His father Benjamin Silliman, Sr. was a well known chemist and taught at Yale University. Silliman, Jr. followed his father and became a chemist at Yale before taking a job teaching medical chemistry and toxicology at the University of Louisville in 1847-1852. After he left the University of Louisville, Silliman, Jr. became the chair of the Yale chemistry department. He wrote two textbooks during his career, First Principles of Chemistry (1847) and First Principles of Physics (1859). He married Susan Huldah Forbes in 1840 and they had seven children.