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WULLWEBER, Christian

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Christian Wullweber was the United States minister to Ecuador in 1875. Photo courtesy: John Klauer, Port of Dubuque Visitor
WULLWEBER, Christian. (Hagenow, Germany, July 1, 1833--Dubuque, IA, Sept. 22, 1877). Wullweber arrived in Dubuque in 1850. He gave lessons in German and the classics and, in 1853, was appointed a Professor at ALEXANDER COLLEGE. He held that position until 1856 until the death of his mother. Wullweber returned to Germany and entered Heidelberg University. He then returned to America and entered Cambridge University in the study of law. (1)

Wullweber entered the Dane Law School at Harvard College where he graduated in 1859. He returned to Dubuque and entered the practice of law. In 1864, he was elected Vice President of the Board of Education. In 1870, he was again elected a member of the Board and, in 1874, was elected its president. He performed them so well and so important were they to the city that he was offered, but refused, compensation for his time. (2)

Wullweber was appointed minister to Ecuador in July 1875. (3) Upon his return to Dubuque, he presented a stuffed South American condor to the high school. (4)



1. "At Rest," Dubuque Herald, September 23, 1877, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18770923&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid.

4. "Board of Education," Dubuque Herald, December 29, 1876, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18761229&printsec=frontpage&hl=en