HONORING CHAIM WEIZMANN
(Extensions of Remarks - May 23, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E738]
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                        HONORING CHAIM WEIZMANN

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                           HON. LARRY BUCSHON

                               of indiana

                    in the house of representatives

                        Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  Mr. BUCSHON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a man with 
considerable ties to the 8th District of Indiana and the first 
President of the State of Israel, Chaim Weizmann.
  Weizmann was born in Poland in 1874 and became an accomplished 
chemist. While lecturing in England in 1916 he was asked by Winston 
Churchill to help Britain meet its acetone shortage.
  In an effort to meet this request, Weizmann created a new process of 
acetone production through the fermentation process, which came to be 
known as the Weizmann Process and greatly outpaced previous production 
processes. As a physician with a strong background in organic 
chemistry, I can appreciate this work.
  This breakthrough led to the issuance of U.S. Patent on the Weizmann 
Process, and in 1917 Weizmann established his first U.S. acetone plant 
on the Wabash River in Terre Haute, Indiana, a city in my home 
district.
  The profits from his Terre Haute plant, Commercial Solvents 
Corporation, ultimately aided Weizmann in realizing his dream of 
establishing the State of Israel.
  I am glad to honor President Weizmann for his contributions to the 
establishment of the State of Israel and to the 8th Congressional 
District of Indiana.

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