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date: 07 December 2019

Ruppert, Jacoblocked

(05 August 1867–13 January 1939)
  • Richard C. Crepeau

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Ruppert, Jacob (05 August 1867–13 January 1939), brewer and baseball club owner, was born in New York City, the son of Jacob Ruppert, a brewer, and Anna Gillig. His paternal grandfather was a brewer from Bavaria and after coming to the United States became in 1851 the owner of the Turtle Bay Brewery, which became the basis for the extensive family brewing business. Born to wealth, Ruppert attended the Columbia Grammar School and passed entrance examinations for the School of Mines at Columbia University but did not enroll there. He later turned down an opportunity to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. On the request of his parents, he entered the brewing business at age nineteen and began the ritual process of career advancement. Starting as a barrel washer, Ruppert moved upward through several positions and after four years became general superintendent while his father was on an extended overseas trip. The position became permanent, and within a few years he was a vice president....

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