April 27, 1840, Cincinnati, Ohio.

December 31, 1918, New York City.

Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.

Robertson Gray.


A member of Henry Beecher’s Plymouth Church, Raymond held degrees from the Brookfield Polytechnic Institute (1857), Lafayette College (PhD 1868), Leigh University (LLD 1906), and the University of Pittsburgh (honorary LLD. 1915). He served as the United States Commissioner of Mining Statistics, and was secretary of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum Engineers (1884–1911). In 1945, the institute named its Rossiter W. Raymond Memorial Award after him, to recognize the best paper published by a member under 33 years of age. Raymond lived in Brooklyn, New York, at least part of his life, and wrote at least one Western novel:

One of Raymond’s best known quotes is:

Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.

  1. Far Out on the Desolate Billow
  2. Morning Red
  3. Now Rest, Ye Pilgrim Host
  4. Star, Beautiful Star
  5. There Dwelt in Old Judea
  6. Ye Fainting Souls, Lift Up Your Eyes