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WIPPRECHT, RUDOLPH

Grave of Rudolph Wipprecht
Photograph, Grave of Rudolph Wipprecht in Seguin. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

WIPPRECHT, RUDOLPH (1824–1892). Rudolph Wipprecht, linguist and educator, was born in Nebra, Prussia, on May 24, 1824. After graduating from the University of Jena, he entered the Prussian customs service. He left Germany during the political upheavals of the late 1840s, arrived at Galveston in December 1849, and settled at Seguin in the fall of 1850. On November 25, 1854, he married Julie Kapp, and they became the parents of four children. Wipprecht served as an enrolling officer during the Civil War and after the war moved to New Braunfels, where he was principal of a school. He became noted for his ability in translation of Spanish documents and was made professor of languages at Texas A&M in the 1880s. He held the position until shortly before his death on May 5, 1892.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Frank W. Johnson, A History of Texas and Texans (5 vols., ed. E. C. Barker and E. W. Winkler [Chicago and New York: American Historical Society, 1914; rpt. 1916]). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Rudolph Wipprecht Letter Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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Handbook of Texas Online, "Wipprecht, Rudolph," accessed July 29, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwi69.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on May 12, 2016. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.