Keating, William Hypolitus, 1799-1840

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Charles Lucian Bonaparte was a naturalist and ornithologist.

From the guide to the Correspondence, 1824-1855, from American scientists, 1824-1855, (American Philosophical Society)

Keating was professor of mineralogy and chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, 1822-1828. He supervised a silver mine at Temascalapa, Mexico for 4 years, returned and became a member of the Pennsylvania legislature in 1832. Chemicals and equipment recorded in this stock book were originally Keating's.

R. M. Patterson, professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, agreed to assume responsibility for the chemical stock during Keating's absence in Mexico.

A. D. Bache became professor of natural philosophy and chemistry at the University Pennsylvania in 1828, after Keating resigned and Patterson left for the University of Virginia. In a note dated Dec. 1828, Bache announces the purchase of the stock from Keating, and that the stock is now the possession of the University.

From the description of Laboratory stock book, 1825-1836. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 122318040

The mineralogist and chemist William Hypolitus Keating was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on August 11, 1799. The son of Baron John Keating, an Irishman by ancestry and former colonel in the French Army, William was educated at the University of Pennsylvania (AB, 1816) and studied mining in both France and Switzerland before joining the faculty at his alma mater in 1822. As the newly minted Professor of Chemistry and Mineralogy (1822-1828), he rapidly immersed himself in the city's vibrant community of mineralogists and chemists.

A capable field geologist, Keating accompanied Stephen Harriman Long's second expedition in 1823 as official geologist and spent three years in mineralogical exploration in Mexico, beginning in 1827. His work with Long represented one of the first topographic and mineralogical surveys of the Great Lakes, for which he was given responsibility for compiling and publishing the results as Narrative of an Expedition to the Source of St. Peter's River : Lake Winnepeek, Lake of the Woods, &c., &c. Performed in the year 1823 (Philadelphia, 1824). Locally, he was as leading member of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia as well as one of the motive forces behind the establishment of the Franklin Institute in 1824. He was also an active member of the American Philosophical Society, serving both as Secretary (1823-1827, 1832) and Councillor (1831, 1836-1840), as well as a member of several committees.

In addition to his scientific interests, Keating studied law and was engaged in a number of business enterprises. He died in London, England, on March 17, 1840, while negotiating a mortgage loan for the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Co., of which he had been manager from 1835 to 1838.

From the guide to the William H. Keating Notebooks, 1801-1839, (American Philosophical Society)

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referencedIn Isaac and I. Minis Hays papers, Circa 1820-1925 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Keating Collection, 1880s-1970s National Fairground Archive, University of Sheffield Library.
referencedIn United States Sanitary Commission records. Army and Navy Claim Agency archives, 1861-1870 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn White mss., 1932-1969 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Records of the Fishermen's Wives of Gloucester (Association), (inclusive), (bulk), 1950-2009, 1977-2004 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIc, 1826-1836 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Bonaparte, Charles Lucian, 1803-1857. Correspondence, 1824-1855, from American scientists. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Frederick Fried Coney Island collection, 1847-2001 Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
creatorOf Correspondence, 1824-1855, from American scientists, 1824-1855 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Beltrami, Giacomo Constantino, 1779-1855. Giacomo Beltrami papers, 1824-1867. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Harison, William H. Papers, [ca. 1815-ca. 1872]. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Autograph letters of naturalists, 1744-1894, 1744-1894 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Keating, William Hypolitus, 1799-1840. Laboratory stock book, 1825-1836. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. Miscellaneous letters, 1744-1894. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. Miscellaneous letters, 1744-1894. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf William H. Keating Notebooks, 1801-1839 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Hays, Isaac, 1796-1879. Papers, ca. 1820s-1879. American Philosophical Society Library
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associatedWith Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. corporateBody
associatedWith Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873 person
associatedWith American Philosophical Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Audubon, John James, 1785-1851 person
associatedWith Bache, A. D. (Alexander Dallas), 1806-1867. person
associatedWith Baird, Spencer Fullerton, 1823-1887 person
associatedWith Beltrami, Giacomo Constantino, 1779-1855. person
associatedWith Bonaparte, Charles Lucian, 1803-1857. person
associatedWith Boucher, Anthony, 1911-1968 person
associatedWith Braithwaite, David person
associatedWith Collins, Zaccheus, 1764-1831 person
associatedWith Cooper, William, 1798? -1864 person
associatedWith De Kay, James E., (James Ellsworth), 1792-1851 person
associatedWith Du Ponceau, Peter Stephen, 1760-1844 person
correspondedWith Fishermen's Wives of Gloucester (Association) corporateBody
associatedWith Fried, Frederick. person
associatedWith Gray, Asa, 1810-1888 person
associatedWith Haines, Reuben, 1786-1831 person
associatedWith Hare, Robert, 1781-1858 person
associatedWith Harison, William H. person
associatedWith Hays, I. Minis, (Isaac Minis), 1847-1925 person
associatedWith Hays, Isaac, 1796-1879. person
associatedWith Hembel, William person
associatedWith Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859 person
associatedWith Keating, John person
associatedWith Lea, Isaac, 1792-1886 person
associatedWith McCarty, Silas person
associatedWith Mease, James, 1771-1846 person
associatedWith Morton, Samuel George, 1799-1851 person
associatedWith Ord, George, 1781-1866 person
associatedWith Patterson, Robert M. (Robert Maskell), 1787-1854. person
associatedWith Pickering, Edward C., (Edward Charles), 1846-1919 person
associatedWith Rafinesque, C. S., (Constantine Samuel ), 1783-1840 person
associatedWith Say, Thomas, 1787-1834 person
associatedWith Silliman, Benjamin, Sr., 1779-1864 person
associatedWith Torrey, John, 1796-1873 person
associatedWith United States Sanitary Commission corporateBody
associatedWith University of Pennsylvania. corporateBody
associatedWith Van Rensselaer, Jeremiah, 1740-1810 person
associatedWith Waterton, Charles, 1782-1865 person
associatedWith Wilson, Alexander, 1766-1813 person
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Potter County (Pa.)
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Birth 1799-08-11

Death 1840-05-17



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