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Wistar, Casparlocked

(03 February 1696–21 March 1752)
  • Gerald W. R. Ward


Wistar, Caspar (03 February 1696–21 March 1752), merchant and glass manufacturer, was born in Wald-Hilspach, Germany, the son of Anna Catharina and Hans or Johannes Caspar Wüstar. His father was the huntsman or forester to Carl Theodore, the elector of the Palatinate. Although he served as an apprentice in his father’s trade for four years and worked in the forests for an additional two years, Wistar was drawn to the New World. He set off from Heidelberg to get to Rotterdam, and there he embarked for Philadelphia. He landed in Philadelphia in September 1717....

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