ST. JOHN, SAMUEL (29 Mar. 1813-9 Sept. 1876), science professor, proponent of natural history, and newspaper publisher during his short time in the Cleveland area in the mid-1800s, was born in New Canaan, Conn., son of Samuel and Hannah Benedict Richards St. John. He graduated as valedictorian from Yale in 1834, and in 1839 became professor of chemistry, geology, and mineralogy at Western Reserve College in Hudson, teaching biology as well. When the college established its Medical Dept. in Cleveland in 1843, St. John was appointed to oversee the awarding of degrees by the medical faculty, becoming professor of chemistry, natural history, and medical jurisprudence at the Medical College. St. John was an original curator and secretary of the
St. John married Amelia Parkinson Curtis ca. 1840. They had 3 children: Eliza, Samuel Benedict, and George. He died in New Canaan, Conn.