Dr Samuel Fowler


This marker, signifying the contributions to local history of Dr. Samuel Fowler, was located on Sussex County Route 631, North Church Road in Franklin Borough in the year 2004.

"Dr. Samuel Fowler, born in Newburgh, NY, and came first to Hamburg after medical studies in Philadelphia.  He established mills, a blacksmith shop, tannery, and a furnace to process ores from mines owned in Franklin Furnace.  He became a noted and respected mineralogist and developed early industrial uses for zinc ore.  He discovered the rare mineral Franklinite and its fluorescent qualities that made Franklin minerals famous.  He was esteemed as one of the leading scientists in the United States.  Dr. Fowler was elected State Senator in 1827, and served in the House of Representatives (1833-1837).  Home and mill at this site."

Photo courtesy of Patte Haggerty-Frato