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Maisch, John Michael (30 January 1831–10 September 1893), pharmacist and teacher, was born in Hanau, Hesse, Germany, the son of Conrad Maisch, a retailer of very modest means, and Agnese Louise Liebtreu. Educated in the local schools and taken under the wings of teachers who recognized his special abilities and gave him private tutelage, he gained free admittance to the Oberrealschule (a nonclassical upper high school). He studied languages, botany, zoology, mineralogy, and chemistry and was introduced to the microscope. Ill health, however, thwarted his hope to attend a Gymnasium to pursue a university education. He turned his attention to pharmacy, but involvement with the revolutionary Turners gymnast club of Hanau led to his capture at Sinsheim in 1849. He was imprisoned but escaped with the help of friends and fled to the United States. He arrived in Baltimore in September 1849....

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Parrish, Edward (31 May 1822–09 September 1872), pharmacist, teacher, and college president, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph Parrish, a prominent physician, and Susanna Cox. He attended the Friends’ School and then was apprenticed to his pharmacist brother, Dillwyn Parrish. During his apprenticeship he attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, graduating in 1842. In 1843 Parrish opened his own drugstore in Philadelphia. In 1848 he married Margaret Hunt, with whom he had five children....

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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....