1865 – Born on November 17th in Cleveland, Ohio. American chemist who developed a thermal cracking process for increasing the proportion of gasoline obtainable from crude petroleum.
1886 – Burton received his preliminary education at public schools in his hometown and graduated with a B.A. from Western Reserve University.
1889 – He did graduate work in chemistry at Johns Hopkins University and received a Ph.D.
1890 – Burton started work at Standard Oil in Cleveland as a chemist and transferred to Standard Oil of Indiana.
– Burton began work as a chemist at the Standard Oil of Indiana refinery at Whiting, Indiana.
1895 – Served as assistant superintendent and became superintendent of the refinery.
1911 – He was elected a director of the company.
1915 – Became the vice president of the company.
1918-1927 – He served as the president of Standard Oil Company.
1954 – Died on December 29th in Miami, Florida.
1984 – He was inducted in the Hall of Fame.