The Lewis Morris Rutherfurd cache is part of The Rutherfurd - Stuyvesant Geocache Series which give an in depth history of this important and distinguished american family and the gilded age in New Jersey.
These two nearby locations, The Stuyvesant Mansion and Rutherfurd Mansion were located within Tranquility Farms massive 5000 acre estate which was divided by the construction on interstate 80. Those Titled cache pages will give a complete history.
Lewis Morris Rutherfurd
Lewis Morris Rutherfurd (November 25, 1816 – May 30, 1892) was an American lawyer and astronomer, and a pioneering astrophotographer.
early celestial photography
Lewis Rutherfurd abandoned his study of law in 1849 to dedicate his leisure to science, particularly astronomy. He performed pioneering work in spectral analysis, and experimented with celestial photography. He invented instruments for his studies, including the micrometer for measuring photographs, a machine for producing improved ruled diffraction gratings, and the first telescope designed specifically for astrophotography.
Rutherfurd was born in Morrisania, New York to Robert Walter Rutherfurd and Sabina Morris, and was the grandson of U.S. Senator John Rutherfurd and great-grandson of Lewis Morris, the Signer of the Declaration of Independence. He graduated from Williams College, Massachusetts in 1834, then practiced law after being admitted to the bar in 1837 with William H. Seward in Auburn, New York. On July 22, 1841 he married Margaret Chanler. Their son Stuyvesant Rutherford was born in 1842.
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