Gustav(e) Hambach was born in Melle, Hannover Province, German on January 8, 1837, the son of Lebrecht Hambach (1809-1879). He and his father came to the U.S. in 1853, and settled in St. Louis, Missouri where Gustav married Friederike Hempelman in 1866, and became a naturalized citizen in 1867. He worked as assistant superintendant of the St. Louis County Farm from at least 1866 to 1870. After completing his education, probably in Germany, he worked first as a physician in St. Louis (City Directory, 1878), then took a position as instructor of geology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1880. In 1887 he was appointed Head of the Geology Department, a position he held until his retirement in 1906 following and accident. He published several books on geology, and spent much time in Yellowstone National Park and the Yosemite Valley doing field work and collecting specimens. Upon retirement he divided his collections between Washington University and the Smithsonian Institution (which received 20,000 fossil specimens). He died in St. Louis on June 21, 1922.
"ST. LOUIS, Dec 26. – Gustav Hambach, Instructor of geology and zoology at Washington University, and regarded as one of the most eminent geologists in the United States, was run down by a fire engine at a downtown street crossing tonight and seriously injured. His skull was fractured, his left leg broken, and, in addition to a scalp wound, there were internal injuries. Professor Hambach is 74 years old , and a member of a number of national scientific societies." (New York Times, Dec. 27, 1905.)
U.S. Federal Cendud, 1880.
U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925.
ANON (1922) De Mortuis – Gustav Hambach. 17th Annual Report of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. p. 163-164.
U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1917.
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