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Richard T. Brumby
(1804-1875)

Richard T. Brumby was born August 4, 1804 in Sumter District, South Carolina. He graduated from the classical school of Rev. John Marshall in Lincolnton, North Carolina and in 1822 enrolled at Carolina College, graduating from there in 1824. He married Mary M. Brevard in 1828. After studying, practicing and teaching law for five years in Lincolnton he moved to Alabama in 1831 and worked for a year or two as editor of The Expositor, a weekly newspaper in Tuscaloosa. He served as Professor of Mineralogy and Geology (1834-1847) and Professor of Chemistry and Natural History (1847-1849) at the University of Alabama, was also Alabama State Geologist, Superintendant of the Georgia Military Institute in Marietta, and (in 1849) Professor of Chemistry at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. After leaving university life due to ill health in 1856 he established the pharmaceuticals company of Richard T. Brumby & Son.

He died October 6, 1875. According to Canfield (1923), his mineral collection had been sold at auction in New York City in 1869, and was acquired by Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.

References:
CLARK, W. G. (1889) History of education in Alabama, 1702-1889, p. 67-68.
CANFIELD, F. A. (1923) The final disposition of some American collections of minerals. Privately printed.
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