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William S.  Disbrow

William Stephen Disbrow was born in Newark, New Jersey on March 18, 1861, the son of Catherine Cline Clickener and Henry Griffin Disbrow, a hatter. Around 1880 he graduated from the New York College of Pharmacy and began working as a clerk in a drug store; by 1884 he was listed as a "pharmaceutist." He received his medical degree in 1887 from the New York University Medical College and thereafter listed himself in the city directories as a physician. He married Clara L. Valentine in 1888, and together they had three children.

Disbrow served as President of the Board of Health of Newark, and was one of the founders of the Academy of Medicine of Northern New Jersey. According to Canfield (1923), he presented his collection to the Newark Museum in 1912 (an error for 1922) and donated many of his finest specimens to the Smithsonian Institution. He died December 26, 1922, in Summit, New Jersey. His collection of 5,200 mineral specimens, particularly rich in self-collected New Jersey zeolites, was bequeathed to the Newark Museum, along with a great many rocks and pressed plants.

CANFIELD, F. A. (1923) The disposition of some American collections of minerals. Privately printed.
U.S. Federal Census, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920.
Newark City Directory, 1880-1899.
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