"In August, 1873, the American Association for the Advancement of Science met at Portland, Maine . . . six distinctively chemical papers were read at the Portland meeting. . . On the evening of August 25, 1873, a small group of these chemists met together to discuss the possibility of a better representation for chemistry in the American Association. . . It was decided to ask the governing body of the Association for permission to form a subsection of chemistry within Section A, and that permission was granted. A first step toward the organization of American chemists had been taken."
 Wigglesworth Clarke, F., Chapter III. The Evolution of the American Chemical Society. Journal of the American Chemical Society 1926, 48 (8), 17-22.
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