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Charles H. Pennypacker
(1845-1911)

Charles Henry Pennypacker, a mineral collector and part-time mineral and antique dealer, was born 16 April 1845 in West Chester, Pennsylvania, the son of Uriah Pennypacker, a Quaker of substantial means. He began mineral collecting at age 12, and was particulary fond of field-collecting his own specimens. He graduated from the West Chester Academy and the Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, New Hampshire). He studied law with his father and was admitted to the bar 1870. A lawyer by profession, Pennypacker dealt in minerals for pleasure rather than profit. This brought him into contact with the great collectors of his day, including Charles Bement, George Vaux, William Jefferis, Theodore Rand, Frederic Canfield and Washington Roebling among them. He was also a frequent contributor to The Mineral Collector from 1894 to 1909, and placed many interesting (and amusing) advertisements in that journal, as well as in the earlier Exchangers' Monthly. He sold his collection to Henry Garrett, of Willistown, Pennsylvania, who had died by 1923 and dispersed his collection through a dealer. Pennypacker died on 3 April 1911.

Reference:
LININGER, J. L. (1993) Portrait gallery; Charles H. Pennypacker. Matrix, 3, no.1, 9-11.]
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