Lowell Weicker

Lowell Weicker, Governor and US Senator, was the grandson of Theodore Weicker, a German immigrant who co-founded the E. R. Squibb CorporationAs a Navy physician, Squibb noted the poor quality of medicines used on American military vessels and, as a result, in 1854 he invented an improved method of distilling ether, an anesthetic. He gave away his distillation method, rather than patent it for profit. E. R. Squibb and Sons, which eventually became part of the modern pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb.