Reinhold Traugott Graf (1851-1874)

Student of laws


Reinhold Traugott Graf was born on April 11, 1851, the son of pastor Gustaf August Graf and his wife Bernhardina Friederika Julia Laura Bähring. He came from Rüdersdorf in the Duchy of Saxony-Altenburg.

Graf enrolled on April 30, 1874 at the University of Jena to study law. Only a few months later he died of typhus in the town on the river Saale at the age of 23 on July 17, 1874.

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Carl Ludwig Nipperdey (1821- 1875)

Classical philologist


Carl Ludwig Nipperdey was born on September 13, 1821 in Schwerin, the son of the court painter Carl Heinrich Christoph Nipperdey and his wife Maria Magdalena Margareta Lantzius. After attending the grammar school Fridericianum in his hometown, he studied philology at the University of Leipzig from 1840. From 1843 he continued these studies at the University of Berlin, where he also received his doctorate in 1846. His habilitation took place in Leipzig in 1850. Here he worked as a private lecturer before becoming an associate professor of classical philology at the University of Jena in 1852. In 1854 he was appointed full professor. From 1867 he also held the professorship of eloquence.

Nipperdey had been married to Fanny Georgine Anna Steinthal since 1859. The marriage produced two sons and a daughter. Nipperdey, who had long suffered from a constantly worsening nerve and spinal cord disease, died on January 2, 1875 in Jena by suicide.

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Friedrich Wilhelm Rittler (around 1776/1777-1843)



Friedrich Wilhelm Rittler was born around 1776/1777 as the son of the council and city surgeon Christoph Wilhelm Rittler.

Rittler initially worked as a pharmacy assistant for the owner of the Jena court pharmacy, Immanuel/Emanuel Christoph Wilhelmi, before becoming his partner around 1810. On November 20, 1808, he married widow Anna Regina Hülßner, who brought two adult daughters into the marriage. With Christoph Thurm, the couple welcomed another child into the family.

After Wilhelmi had retired due to age, Rittler continued to run the pharmacy alone and in 1825 also bought the house on the Market Square. After Wilhelmi's death in 1827, Rittler's pharmacy assistant Heinrich Osann, who also married Rittler's stepdaughter Friederike Hülßner in the same year, joined the pharmacy as a partner. Rittler died in Jena on March 27, 1843 at the age of 66.

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