On the night of July 15 of that year (1862), Lewis Swift, an amateur astronomer in Marathon, New York, was out with his telescope looking for Comet Schmidt, a fairly bright new comet he had read about in the newspaper. Soon he found a fuzzy patch of light in the north sky which he took to be the comet, fainter han expected. But three nights later, Horace Tuttle, at Harvard Observatory, saw the same object and realized it was not Comet Schmidt.  After Tuttle annouced the discovery, Swift hastened to make his claim, which, fortunately for him, was accepted.

Your first reaction might be to think poor Tuttle unfairly got second billing in this comet's name.

Horace Tuttle had already discovered several comets and would discover at least one more very important one - Comet Tempel-Tuttle, the parent of the Leonid meteor showers and storms. But Tuttle, after what some called heroic service in the Civil War, was dismissed from the Navy years later, when it was discovered that he had embezzled a small cial success, Horace Tuttle's fate was to die in 1923 with only $70 to his name and to be buried in an unmarked grave.