Procter, William, Jr.
- Gregory J. Higby
Procter, William, Jr. (03 May 1817–09 February 1874), pharmacist and educator, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Isaac Procter, a hardware store owner, and Rebecca Farquahar. (The junior was added to distinguish him from an uncle named William.) His father died in 1820, putting the family in financial difficulties. William attended Friends schools into his teenage years, but the sudden illness of his brother-in-law, the proprietor of a cooper’s shop, forced him to abandon formal education. The work of the cooper’s shop proved to be too hard on William’s delicate constitution, and he requested to be apprenticed as an apothecary. In 1831 he entered the shop of Henry Zollickoffer in Philadelphia and started his forty-year career in pharmacy....