George J. Seabury

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George John Seabury
Born10 November 1844
Died13 February 1909 (1909-02-14) (aged 64)
Resting placeRosedale Cemetery
Orange, New Jersey
Known forpharmaceutical manufacturer
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Ella Green Bensen
Childrenfour children
Parent(s)Michael J. Seabury,
Agnes Z. Calender

George John Seabury (10 November 1844 – 13 February 1909) was a chemist and pharmacist.[1]


Seabury was born 1844 in New York City and grew up there where he received his initial basic education.

He was in the American Civil War serving in the 12th New York Volunteer Regiment. In 1862 he was wounded at Gaines's Mill and Malvern Hill. Throughout his life he was always interested in military affairs. Seabury was a member of the "Old Guard" of New York City.[1]

He married at the age of twenty two in 1866 and ultimately had four children.[1]

Seabury obtained his higher education in chemistry, pharmacy, and medicine after his initial basic education. He spent time in Europe for additional professional studies. There he attended the University of Heidelberg and the University of Göttingen in Germany. He was interested in the discoveries of Sir Joseph Lister and especially of his studies of antiseptics and germ theory.[1]


Seabury became a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1876. He was chairman of their commercial interests from 1894 to 1896. He held a similar relationship for five terms to the committee on the status of pharmacists in the United States Army and Navy, and the US Marine Forps hospital service.[1]

Seabury founded the firm of Seabury & Johnson in 1885 with Robert Wood Johnson I, with whom he had developed a new medical adhesive in 1874. He was president and later sole owner after Johnson left to found Johnson & Johnson with his brother.[1]

Seabury was one of the founders of the New York State Pharmaceutical Association. In 1895 he was their president. He was also a member of the New York College of Pharmacy. Seabury wrote at great length on the subject of the retail druggist in maintaining fair retail prices.[1]


Seabury served as honorary secretary and director of the National Rifle Association. He promoted rifle practice in the National Guard. In 1909 Seabury served as a presidential elector for President William Howard Taft and vice president James S. Sherman. Seabury was enthusiastic for art and music.[1]


  • Shall Pharmacists Become Tradesmen (1899)
  • The Constructive and Reconstructive Forces Essential to Maintain American International Supremacy (1902)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Benjamin, Dictionary of American Biography.


  • Benjamin, Marcus, Dictionary of American Biography. American Council of Learned Societies. 1928–1936.