William Rupp was born in the City of New York on June 4, 1854, the son of Catharina and Philipp Rupp (a German immigrant from Hesse-Darmstadt), proprietor of a "fancy store." William worked as a clerk in his father's store when he was 16.
William studied chemistry and mining engineering at the Columbia School of Mines until 1875, then left home to spend two years in Germany studying mining engineering at the Freiberg Mining Academy. After returning to New York he married Mary _____ and worked as an assistant in mineralogy at Columbia, later opening an office of his own as a consulting chemist. He also served for many years as librarian for the American Chemical Society. He died February 17, 1891, at the age of 37, from the effects of a chronic inflammation of the throat.
ANONYMOUS (1891) Obituary: William Rupp. Journal of the American Chemical Society, p. 71.
U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925.
U.S. Federal Census 1870.
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